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22 August – 2 September 2018
Private View – 23 August 6-9pm
Frida Kahlo is celebrated for many things outside of her artistic talent. One aspect of her life and character that has brought about waves of admiration and adoration, is her openness around female sexuality. Her modern attitudes towards sexuality and her ability to openly explore them within her life and work have solidified her status as an icon among artists in the LGBTQ community.
Her ideas surrounding sexuality wove themselves into her art in various ways and led her to explore themes of infertility, sexual pleasure and her tumultuous relationship with her husband, Diego Rivera. Outside of her work, her attitude towards love was refreshing—she disregarded the limitations of gender and instead let herself be attracted to the creative spirits of both men and women.
While Kahlo’s openness was still relatively rare to be seen so publically, this isn’t the only reason why she has become an icon within the LGBTQ community. To explore the impact she has had, we speak to three contemporary artists who discuss what drew them to Frida, how she became an icon in their eyes and why she remains so relevant today.
I Can Be Frida. You Can Be Frida. Everyone Can Be Frida!
Artists expressing individual stories through their art, channelling the spirit of Frida Kahlo. Transmitting her strength, her fearless attitude with which she approach her lust for life, her art and the enduring power that led her to overcome injury, illness and heartbreak.
Christine R. Bay