You’ll be familiar with Frida Kahlo, having likely strolled passed a portrait-emblazoned T-shirt or hair-flowers-and-heavy-brow fancy-dress costume. No doubt you’ve also locked eyes with one of those dreamy photographs featuring this iconic maker-and-muse. But, it’s unlikely you’ve seen original photographs taken by Frida Kahlo herself, at least not here in Australia.
Frida Kahlo, her photos is a new, captivating collection of photographs by the famed Mexican artist. This forthcoming exhibition at Bendigo Art Gallery celebrates Frida’s special relationship with photography – both her father and maternal grandmother were professional photographers, and the practice deeply inspired her art.
This showcase is curated by Frida’s fellow countryman, Pablo Ortiz Monasterio. The photographer/photography historian has distilled a lifetime of imagery into a collection of Frida’s defining and most cherished moments, both behind the camera and in front of the lens.
Images bring to light Frida’s interests and obsessions, from family, friends, Diego Rivera and other loves to political struggles, Mexican patriotism, and her famed art practice. Historic daguerreotypes and calling cards from the 19th century, which Frida often referenced in her work, as well as personal photographs embellished with paint and words are not to be missed. Look carefully and you’ll even spot some bearing lipstick kisses too!
‘Frida Kahlo, her photos’
December 8th, 2018 to February 10th, 2019
Bendigo Art Gallery
42 View Street