Frida Kahlo and her special relationship with photography is the focus of a new collection, which has been meticulously compiled from a vast collection of photographs taken over the course of her life.
The exhibition titled - Frida Kahlo, her photos draws from the extensive archive of the Casa Azul (Blue House), Kahlo’s former home and now a museum dedicated to this much loved artist’s life and work.
First publicly revealed in 2007, the Casa Azul photographic archive was inaccessible for five decades and consists of more than 6500 images, of which some 257 are shown in this exhibition. Curated by Mexican photographer and photography historian Pablo Ortiz Monasterio, the exhibition covers photos of the artist herself, but also shows her photography works that are artworks themselves.
Kahlo’s interest in photography began in childhood – both her father, Guillermo Kahlo and her maternal grandmother were professional photographers. Throughout her life she collected historic daguerreotypes and calling cards from the 19th century, often used as reference material for her work, as well as an extensive collection of personal photographs, often intervening on them with paint, written words or lipstick kisses.
The photos on show capture the interests and obsessions she grappled with throughout her life: her family, her fascination for Diego Rivera (her husband) and other loves, her friends and enemies, political struggles and art, the pre-Columbian past and her great love for Mexico and its traditions. The exhibition also includes several photographs from Kahlo’s long hospital stay and recovery following the 1925 accident that left her crippled and in considerable pain.
Frida Kahlo, her photos also reveals several the photographs of contemporaries including Man Ray, Martin Munkacsi, Fritz Henle, Edward Weston, Tina Modotti, Pierre Verger, and Lola and Manuel Alvarez.
See the photos that made up the creative life of Frida Kahlo, her photos at the Bendigo Art Gallery this summer!
Location: Bendigo Art Gallery - 42 View Street, Bendigo
Dates: 8 December 2018 – 10 February 2019
Times: Mon to Sunday, 10am to 5pm