A longtime fan of the late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, I am very familiar with all the pain she endured, beautifully demonstrated through bright colors + plenty of symbolism, in each of her paintings. But Japanese photographer Ishiuchi Miyako, has taken a different approach in showcasing Frida by creating a photography series out of Frida’s many personal items + wardrobe, only discovered in 2004, found hidden in a tiny, spare bathroom under the instruction of her husband Diego Rivera, in her Blue House in Mexico City.
Regarding Frida, Miyako told Another magazine, ‘If I met her, I wouldn’t ask any questions. I would only want to stare at her + touch her body,’+ rightfully so, as Kahlo, is still a woman of much mystery. Now, what makes Miyako’s series for the Michael Hoppen Gallery special is how she’s managed to photograph things that show the artist’s ordinary side, sparking her imagination + inspiration, including shoes that embraced her blow with polio demonstrating one heel higher than the other + an ornately decorated prosthetic leg,
hoops decorated with birds
+ empty Revlon nail polish bottles.
So if you happen to be in London during May 14 – July 12th, ‘Frida by Ishiushi Miyako’ will be on display at the Michael Hoppen Gallery.