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Tina Modotti : between art and revolution (2003)

by Letizia Argenteri

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How did such girlish tosh get through the editorial mill at Yale University Press, a publisher of some repute?
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If this is the new woman's scholarship, it is claiming indulgence, not equality. Imagine an editor at Yale allowing a male biographer of Orwell to refer to him as "George" throughout, then toss him a billet doux at the end ("George, George, George . . ."). Ms Argenteri has written a book that demeans women under the guise of extolling them, and demeaned herself in the process - but I wouldn't rely on her colleagues in Milan or California to tell her.
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"Romai essi lontans a val, Friuli, essi scunussus. A par il timp dal nustri amour un mar lustri e muart."

(To be far from you, Friuli, already means to be unknown. The time of our love seems a sea, shining and dead.)

Pier Paolo Pasolini, Conzeit, 1952.
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The period 1896-1913--the years spent by Tina Modotti in Italy (and briefly in Austria)--can be divided into two distinct political phases: the crisis of the fin de siècle and the era of the prime minister Giovanni Giolitti.
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A charismatic stage and screen actress; a model whose beauty inspired some of the most arresting images of the 20th century; a visionary photographer; a revolutionary with deep commitments to communism; a woman whose life, loves and death were controversial; Tina Modotti (1896-1942) was all of these. Her life was one of almost unimaginable glamour, scandal and turmoil. This biography aims to portray Modotti accurately and fairly, cutting through the distortions of myth and rumour that surround her. Perhaps best known as the lover, model and apprentice of American photographer Edward Weston, Modotti emerges in these pages as a complex woman, deeply passionate in her relationships as well as her art and politics. Historian Letizia Argenteri examines an array of international historical documents and letters as she traces the path of Modotti's life and career through Italy, California, Mexico, Germany, Moscow and Spain. Argenteri tells the story in detail, casting light on the mysteries of Modotti's life and placing her in the political and social milieu of her time.

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