Frida Kahlo, Her Photos

Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)
Jan 10, 2014 9:44PM

A selection of 257 images from the 6,500 which are part of the Blue House archive. These pictures have served as memories to Frida, as work tools or as a means to exorcise solitude. The exhibition is curated by the acknowledged Mexican photographer and photography historian Pablo Ortiz Monasterio, who shows the importance of this medium in Frida’s life. Frida Kahlo had a very special relationship with photography. Besides her personal background – both her father, Guillermo Kahlo, and her maternal grandmother were professional photographers. For Frida photography was a present among friends, a relic for recalling her ancestors, a language for creating chance scenes, a means for posing and seeing herself portrayed, but above all a working tool that inspired her artistic work.

This exhibition shows a series of images that belonged to her personal holding and which were in the main unknown. The exhibition does not intend to depict a chronological biography, but rather to present parts of the personal history of an artist, of a country and of a period. 

Frida Kahlo: Her Photographs presents a selection of 257 photographs divided into six themes: Her parents: Guillermo and Matilde; The Blue House; Her Crippled Body; Frida’s Loves; Photography and The Political Struggle: Diego’s Gaze. 

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Frida Kahlo, by Guillermo Kahlo, 1932 ©Frida Kahlo Museum

Frida painting the portrait of her father by Gisèle Freund, 1951 ©Frida Kahlo Museum

Frida in the New York hospital, by Nickolas Muray, 1946 ©Frida Kahlo Museum

Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)