Great Lives
Great Lives
BBC Radio 4
Frida Kahlo nominated by Author Jessie Burton
27 minutes Posted Aug 12, 2020 at 2:07 am.
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“We’re talking here about a woman who was Mexican, dark skinned, disabled and queer, who produced art and didn’t allow her disabilities to define her. She defined who she was on her own terms," says Circe Henestrosa, co curator of Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up.
Circe joins Jessie Burton, author of The Miniaturist in discussion about the Mexican artist known for her self-portraits and her distinctive look - the dresses and flowered hair, the monobrow, the piercing stare.
Born in 1907, Kahlo's life was a collage of strength, beauty and pain. She survived polio and a bus crash that should have killed her, as well as a complex, passionate marriage to fellow artist Diego Rivera. Nominator Jessie Burton celebrates Frida Kahlo as a remarkable life who triumphed over adversity with true grit, glamour and great wit.
The presenter is Matthew Parris.
The producer in Bristol is Nicola Humphries.
Jessie Burton is author of The Miniaturist, The Muse and The Confession.
Circe Henestrosa is a fashion curator and Frida Kahlo scholar.