The Arts House
1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429
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22/10/2018 - 19:00hs
2:30hs. Talk

Last 5 slots available

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Latin-American Masters Series - Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo and the Two Sides of the Mirror

In her sonnet “To Her Portrait”, 17th century Mexican poet Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz wrote: “This coloured counterfeit you see, flaunting with qualities of art, is, in fallacious syllogisms of colours, nothing but a cunning deception of senses”. The most outstanding writer in colonial Mexico was a woman. Her rebellious and self-reflective stance regarding female cultural and intellectual sovereignty paved the way for a later singular chapter in the history of modern art: the decisive incidence of female artists in Mexico during the first half of the 20th century. These female artists built an unprecedented imagery for gender self-awareness. The most universally recognized icon resulted from that chapter is Frida Kahlo.

At the age of 18, the Mexican artist had a terrible bus accident that scarred her physically and psychologically forever, leaving her disabled. She was bed-bounded and immobilized for protracted periods of time. Self-portraiture became the primary focus of her art at this point and she began to paint using a mirror inset into the canopy of her four-poster bed. From then on, Kahlo became empowered through her art and her flamboyant Mexican dresses in a very unique way.

This session will explore Kahlo’s art and clothing through Kahlo’s Mexico and her sense of cultural and gender pride following the Mexican Revolution (1910-20). An enthusiastic desire to embrace a national identity led to her interest in the art and traditions of indigenous people of her country. Kahlo used her striking appearance as a political statement, crafting her identity to reflect her own mestizo values, allegiance to Mexican traditions in response to her own disabilities.

Professor Rubén de la Nuez, an art theorist and art critic will situate and assess Frida’s art within the constellation of female artistic voices that helped to shape Mexican modernity

Special guest, Circe Henestrosa, co-curator of the exhibition Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up, Victoria & Albert museum, London, 2018, will further explore Kahlo’s wardrobe and personal artefacts as a window onto her extraordinary life and art.