In 1984, feminist filmmaker Laura Mulvey made an essayistic movie about these two artists who lived and worked in post-revolutionary Mexico.
In my experience, it’s hard to come across an analysis of Frida Kahlo that doesn’t obsessively fixate on her biography. But a 1984 movie by the filmmaker and theorist Laura Mulvey intrigues me for its specific angle: Kahlo’s relationship with the political photographer Tina Modotti. You might have caught a very different glimpse of this in the Hollywood movie Frida, but Mulvey’s Frida Kahlo and Tina Modotti is not only more essayistic and thoughtful in tone, but offers actual footage and photographs of the two artists in Mexico City. Like all of Mulvey’s films, this one is staunchly feminist and sets out to show how both artists “provoked and defied neat categorization” about what it meant to be a woman and an artist then.
Both women were also romantically involved with Diego Rivera, and both appear in his 1929 mural at the Ministry of Education in Mexico City. But as the author of “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema” — among the first essays to apply a feminist psychoanalytic reading to movies and to critique Hollywood’s subjugation of women — Mulvey makes sure to not make Rivera a focus.
When: Thursday, May 17, 6:30–8pm
Where: Seward Park Library, Community Room (192 East Broadway, Lower East Side, Manhattan)
More info at the New York Public Library.
Read the full review HERE >>>> Source: Hyperallergic The Art and Friendship of Frida Kahlo and Tina Modotti in a Laura Mulvey Documentary