The exhibition Kati Horna seeks to present an extensive account of the Hungarian-born photographer's work, permitting a revaluation and recovery of this artist who began delving in photography at the age of 21 in Hungary, surrounded by the rise of the European avant-garde of the 1930s, showing for this purpose her vast production spanning over six decades in Europe and in Mexico, her adopted country.
More than 150 works -most of them vintage prints- are presented, of which 70% are unpublished or rarely seen works. In addition, extensive documentation is included along with personal photographs of the artist, as well as journals with which she collaborated in her journeys through Hungary, France, Spain, and Mexico. The works come from the Archivo Privado de Fotografía y Gráfica Kati y José Horna, Centro de Documentación de la Memoria Histórica de Salamanca, and private collections.
The curators of the exhibition, Ángeles Alonso and José Antonio Rodríguez, organized the show around three main axes:
1. Origins: Budapest, Berlin and Paris
2. Spain and the Civil War. Between 1937 and 1939, Kati Horna documented the Spanish Civil War in a sensitive manner. Of this work, there are now over 270 currently known negatives, reflecting the reality of military conflict in the front as well as the testimony of everyday life of civilians.
3. Mexico. In 1939 she returned to Paris, but the expansion of Nazism in Europe made her flee to Mexico with her husband, the Andalusian artist José Horna. Mexico would become her definitive homeland. Important figures of Surrealism (Leonora Carrington, Remedios Varo, Benjamin Peret and Edward James), of the movimiento pánico (Alejandro Jodorowsky), the artistic, literary and architectural avant-garde in Mexico (Mathias Goeritz, Germán Cueto, Pedro Friedeberg, Salvador Elizondo, Alfonso Reyes and Ricardo Legorreta) were part of her daily life.
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