[Image one: black and white photo of Frida Kahlo holding a palette and sitting in a wheelchair, with her surgeon at her side, next to her portrait Portrait with a Portrait with Dr. Fandrill.]
[Image two: Frida Kahlo’s painting The Broken Column, showing her nude, with a harness around her body, and a sheet covering her lower body. Her spine is visible through her opened flesh, and screws puncture her skin all over her body, while a barren landscape sits behind her.]
[Image three: black and white photo of Frida Kahlo laying in bed, holding a palette and painting her body cast.]
[Image four: photo of wheelchair and easel used by Frida Kahlo in the last years of her life.]
[Image five: black and white photo of Frida Kahlo in her last public appearance, in a protest against the CIA military coup that overthrew the elected government of Guatemala. She holds a sign in one hand and gives a salute of a clenched fist while sitting in her wheelchair with a scarf wrapped around her head. A group of people surround her, along with her husband, Diego Rivera, who stands behind her with his hand on her shoulder.]
[Image six: Drawing by Kahlo, The Accident, done in 1926, portraying the bus accident she was in in 1925, at age 18. It shows Frida laying in a plaster cast on a stretcher, in front of her home, Casa Azul; the accident itself is shown above, as a trolley collides into her school bus, with several bodies laying on the ground, while her disembodied head looks over all of it as a witness. The date of her injury and the name of the drawing are written at the bottom.]
Frida Kahlo for disabilityfest!
In keeping up with Frida’s 107th birthday today, here’s taking a few short glimpses at her relationship with disability, pain, and illness through photography and her artwork.
For the sake of length and accessibility, I’ll link to some interesting and informative writings on Frida’s life + disability [while they are, unfortunately, quite long, I hope the language is accessible enough to compensate for their length]:
Frida Kahlo: A Biography
The Disabled Body in Julie Taymor’s Frida
Fashion, Identity, Disability: The Style of Frida Kahlo
In addition, here is quite an excellent documentary on her life: The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo. The closed-captioning is not the absolute best, but it will translate it into quite a number of different languages.