Kati Horna

To present the photographs of Kati Horna is to re-evaluate a vast body of work spanning nearly a century, by an artist that crossed multiple boundaries, and reflected in the variety of her visual practices.

The cosmopolitanism that defines Horna’s work is inseparable from the turbulent times in which she lived: the fall of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire and the beginning of World War I marked her infancy and the necessity to leave behind both Budapest as well as Berlin, to settle in Paris; the Spanish Civil War took her on a journey through Republican Spain; Word War II marked her defi nitive exile to Mexico, her adopted country.

Photography would become for her a space for creation and liberty. During the thirties, photography was an avenue through which women could acquire a more egalitarian status. One needs only to think of her compatriots Eva Besnyö and Kata Kálmán, or Germany’s Gerda Taro who, like Kati, represented the vanguard of photojournalism in the 20th century.

Kati Horna is a complete artist who produced a visual corpus in Europe as well as in Mexico, working in the field of war photography as well as in the vanguard and experimental movements of the thirties. Whether documenting the work of other artists —especially those of architecture and sculpture—, making a sensitive photographic record of an entire society in her adopted country or providing a legacy in photographic pedagogy for generations to come, she did so with a warm humanitarian vision, never forgetting to innovate, both visually and conceptually.

This is the first time that the public will be able to fully enjoy, both in the institutions that will host the exhibition as well as in the catalogue, the wide range of her work, much of it never before seen or infrequently available. Museo Amparo and the Jeu de Paume are proud of this recovery of Kati Horna’s legacy, which will allow audiences to re-engage with her work, and to place her among the art of her time, the 20th century.

Lucia Alonso Espinosa, director Museo Amparo
and Marta Gili, director Jeu de Paume

Texts by Péter Baki, Jean-François Chevrier, Estrella de Diego, Norah Horna, Juan Manuel Bonet, and the curators Ángeles Alonso Espinosa and José Antonio Rodríguez.
320 pages, bilingual French–English, € 50.
Co-edition Jeu de Paume / Museo Amparo

Buy the catalogue www.librairiejeudepaume.org

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