Would Frida Khalo Have Been Part of the #METOO Movement?
Artist Alvaro José seems to think so.
Kahlo's popular appeal is seen to stem first and foremost from a fascination with her life story, especially its painful and tragic aspects. She has become an icon for several minority groups and political movements, such as feminists, the LGBTQ community, and Chicanos. Oriana Baddeley has written that Kahlo has become a signifier of non-conformity and "the archetype of a cultural minority," who is regarded simultaneously as "a victim, crippled and abused" and as "a survivor who fights back."
Frida Kahlo de Rivera born 6 July 1907 – 13 July 1954) was a Mexican artist who painted many portraits, self-portraits and works inspired by the nature and artifacts of Mexico. She employed a naive folk art style to explore questions of identity, gender, class and race in Mexican society. Her paintings often had strong autobiographical elements and mixed realism with fantasy.
Kahlo's work as an artist remained relatively unknown until the late 1970's, when her work was rediscovered by art historians and political activists. By the early 1990s, she had become not only a recognized figure in art history, but also regarded as an icon for Chicanos, the feminism movement and the LGBTQ movement. Kahlo's work has been celebrated internationally as emblematic of Mexican national and indigenous traditions and by feminists for what is seen as its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form.
Artist Alvaro José during Art Basel week of 2018.
Top Frida is "Watching Over You"
Below is "ME TOO Frida"
To the right of the Frida's we "Q"
On the top right "Africa"
On the bottom right "Happy Buddha"