01 November 2012

Fire Does Not Die brings together a selection of recently discovered pictures by one of early modern photography’s most elusive and passionate photographers, Tina Modotti and her subject, comrade and agronomic researcher, Pandurang Khankhoje. These photographs tell a fascinating tale of the early 20th century, weaving in the Mexican Revolution, the Spanish Civil War, peasant struggles, art and the place of corn in the world. They reveal the pair’s relationships with painters Diego Riviera and Frida Kahlo, the photographer Edward Weston and Lenin, as their lives intersect with the great revolutionary and artistic movements of the period. The rare series includes photos of the Mexican peasant revolutionaries; vegetables that Khankhoje studied and whose geometry fascinated Modotti; and Diego Riviera at work on his famous Champingo murals. 

Fire Does Not Die, 15 October to 15 November, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, 50-E, Chandragupta Marg (entry from Nyaya Marg), Chanakyapuri, Delhi. For more information, contact 26871901/03.

Manas Roshan  is an independent journalist based in Delhi.