London’s Michael Hoppen Gallery is exhibiting photographs taken by Ishiuchi Miyako of Frida Kahlo’s wardrobe and belongings.
Following Kahlo’s death in 1954 her husband Diego Rivera began placing her personal effects into the bathroom of their Mexico City house, “The Blue House”, which later became the Museo Frida Kahlo.
Rivera 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.
The exhibition at Michael Hoppen Gallery of the images taken by Japanese photographer Ishiuchi Miyako is open until July 12, 2015.
Miyako, a Japanese photographer with a continued obsession with the traces we leave behind both as individuals and as a society, was invited to photograph over 300 unseen relics of Kahlo’s life.
Miyako’s images document the traditional Tehuana dresses that both concealed the damage to Kahlo’s lower body and acted as a feminist salute to the matriarchal society from which they are derived. Throughout her life the Mexican artist decorated her casts and corsets elevating them from medical necessities to visual armour.
The final blow was the amputation of her leg in 1953, from which she never recovered. Even in this affliction she designed a prosthetic leg adorned with a boot covered in chinese embroidery and a little bell.
The exhibition is open until July 12, 2015.
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