Love, friendship and rivalry: Surreal FriendsLily Bonesso, Tate May 20, 2015
In 1942, at the height of the Second World War, President Lazaro Cardenas opened the Mexican borders to welcome a number of Europe's refugees. Artists, Leonora Carrington Remedios Varo and Kati Horna were amongst the many who found safe sanctuary there.
Surrealist Photographs of the Spanish Civil WarCarole Naggar, Time August 20, 2014
When Kati Horna covered the Spanish Civil War, she was alongside documentary photography giants such as Robert Capa, her childhood friend. Yet, her unusual, surrealist-inspired images of that conflict stand in stark contrast to Capa’s frontline photographs, making her contributions to the annals of conflict photography even more singular.
Review: Kati Horna, Jeu de Paume, ParisFiona Hayes, The United Nations of Photography July 18, 2014
Born Katalin Deutsch Blau in Hungary in 1912 - Robert Capa was a childhood friend - she died in Mexico in 2000. In the intervening years Horna witnessed the fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and World War I, fleeing Budapest for Berlin, and then on to Paris. During the Spanish Civil War she travelled around Spain, at the invitation of the Republican government, documenting everyday life at the front. She met her husband, the Andalusian artist José Horna, in Spain. When he was interned in a French prison camp, Kati managed to get him freed and they escaped back to Paris, and thence to America and Mexico.