In this second episode of Art Intervention, we take a quick look at the life and works of Frida Kahlo. As her life was incredibly complex, it was difficult to sum up how she was able to disrupt and intervene in history through he art. Originally, I had planned to use this episode as an opportunity to tell three unique stories about her, but as I continued to write and research, that quickly became impossible. To give us time to dive deep into her life and work, we are splitting the stories up into multiple episodes so that there is ample time to devote to her stories as they relate to other areas of disruption in society. This first episode is devoted to "Body".
As many of you may already know, Kahlo was in a horrific accident when she was young but many are unaware that she was also suffering from long range impacts of having Polio as a child. As she aged, her body and mind began to further deteriorate. Yet her grasp on what was beautiful remained.
In this episode, Body, we look at Kahlo but we also discuss how disability or differently abled people, are seen in the world of the arts. Or rather, not seen. We have boiled Kahlo down into the most surface level of stereotypes when we could really be doing more to highlight her for her ability to portray disability. She was in your face about it - unapologetic. So how come, in the decades since her death, we have not followed suit and continued to openly discuss and portray disability, in all of its forms, in open ways?
Listen now to to episode two of Art Intervention.
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