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Critical Analysis on a Tina Modotti Photograph

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Critical Analysis on a Tina Modotti Photograph Tina Modotti was from a very poor working class society. She was brought up in the northeast part of Italy, in Udine, Friuli. She was born at the tail end of the industrial revolution, in 1896. However, you could say, by all means, that her village hadn't changed the slightest since the seventh century. She lived vigorously throughout her childhood, working endless hours in a silk-textile factory to earn a cash flow and to support the family through starvation. After their father had abandoned them when Tina was twelve and fled to America, the land of dreams, to repeat, Tina was the family's sole breadwinner, and played an essential role in the escape from starvation and the gradual escape to San Francisco. Finally, in America she immediately found work, however it was a similar kind of sweatshop labour she was used to in Italy, but the modern land and the general experience itself filled her with self believe and self esteem. ...read more.


Moreover, the other hand is similar, however, there are differences. It represents the citizens; it is feeble, strangled in wire and being controlled by the other hand, the 'government'. To conclude, the textures play a key role in the development of the idea of power, as well as the contrast in lighting. Tina Modotti grew up in an extremely marginalised and poor environment. The way the government didn't help her family during their rough periods and suffocating them in to labour would have been one of the several reasons that influenced her. Equally important, her personal experiences of constant labour and hunger would have made her come to the conclusion of disliking the government. In my opinion, the way the government had no control over her dropping out of school and letting her go into child labour would have influenced her to produce works that comments on marginalisation in society, the depression and the repression of working class citizens. The photograph symbolises the marginalisation of the working class. ...read more.


There is going to be a huge contrast between the central, poor, shabby looking foot and the rest, this will hopefully help to symbolise the marginalisation of the poor and the problem with unfairly distributed money. Firstly, I could have the middle foot (the disabled one) rapped in thick wire. It is being controlled by all the other feet, who are the puppeteers. They are the rich class so therefore, they marginalise the poor because of there lack of money and even freedom. The central foot's fate is in the hands of all the other personalities (feet). Like Tina Modotti's photograph, my piece of art would represent a metaphor, showing how the rich dictate and marginalise the poor. Similarly, how we spend money ad fuss over unnecessary items, for instance a pair on expensive Nike trainers or a pair of golden ear rings. On the other hand, the poor, inn most cases, can't even afford education, or even health services, which is vital for our survival in life. In conclusion, this is what I would like my message to be, I would hopefully try a produce one similar through my piece of art work. ...read more.

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