Frida Kahlo de Riviera is my one of my favorite artists of all time, and not just because she created thought provoking works of art, but also because she had amazing style. Frida was not afraid of her femininity and prideful of her indigenous Mexican heritage, which she expressed through her clothing, jewelry, and home decor. To me style is not just singular fashions pieces but the whole collection of the things that start to form a picture of who the person was that owned them. Sometimes I wonder what someone decades later would say about my fashion choices!? Visiting the Blue House is a pilgrimage that I am insanely excited to be taking later this year but until I can get there I still get to see some of her things through photos.
Frida by Ishiuchi Miyako (2013) is a photographic record of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s wardrobe and belongings. “Following Kahlo’s death in 1954 her husband Diego Riviera began placing her personal effects into the bathroom of their Mexico City house, “The Blue House”, which later became the Museo Frida Kahlo. Riviera gave instructions that this room should remain sealed until fifteen years after his death and it in fact remained unopened until 2004 when the museum decided to organize and catalogue the contents. Ishiuchi Miyako was invited to photograph these artifacts, over 300 unseen relics of Kahlo’s life. Ishiuchi Miyako knew very little of Frida Kahlo, the artist, when she arrived in Mexico. She came to know her through her photographs, obsessing over the traces that Kahlo as a woman left on her belongings; the paint stains and stitching which bear the imprint of their owner.”
There is a great interview with the artist over at AnOther magazine.
check it out over at Michael Hoppen Gallery