The Ladybug Gets Lost in The Beauty of Gray at Tina Modotti’s Expo in Turin


This year I’ve had a lot of chances to check out expos: I saw wonderful things and even last week mentioned the Frida Kahlo expos I visited. But I can’t think of Frida without linking her art, work and life to Tina Modotti. In Rome, some of the pictures shown of Frida were taken by Tina, and they were incredible.

I read a lot about Tina Modotti (Elena Poniatowska’s Tinissima is an amazing biography that you may really want to add to your library!) and I was amazed by her life and her friendship with Frida. This is why I couldn’t help heading to Palazzo Madama in Turin to see what she had to offer since I’d never seen any of her work in person, beyond Frida’s photographs.


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Also Turin is always worth a visit: I deeply love the city and getting lost in its streets and art.  So; as it was a Saturday, I took the opportunity to visit the famous Balon, the historical antiques and vintage market of the city and I enjoyed a little vintage shopping before tasting the famous typical dish of the town (the bagnacauda) not far from the market (delicious!).

The expo wasn’t deceiving at all: a lot of her photographs from different stages of her life and work and many different subjects was exposed- all in black and white, and I was particularly excited about those pictures where she was the subject (ok, her selfies!), especially her nudes.

I also loved most of the photos in which she perfectly manage to represent the poverty and the affliction of her people. They had a strong impact… maybe because they are cruel without showing cruelty (this is why I also love Salgado’s photography).

I wore a lovely vintage sequined top that I bought at Gvant in Ljubljana some time ago plus a Miu Miu clutch and frames.

The Ladybug Chronicles - Tina Modotti Expo


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