"Brother: I cannot tell you anything about your happiness. What can one say when life begins? ... " Frida writes this in August 1927 to Lira (whom she kindly called Chong Lee for his strong passion for Chinese culture) one of her friends-lovers-allies. The collection of letters contained in this book, many unpublished and translated for the first time in Italian, can help to understand the main characteristic of Frida Kahlo's profile: heart, and its versatility. She was a daughter, an artist, a wife, a friend, a lover, a confidant, a militant politician, a theorist, an agitator, a renewer, a woman of her time.
Through these letters we discover the rare world of Frida, a world without rules, almost exclusively interior, a world made up of our dreams and our fears, a reflection of our moods. The letters also recount the break before and after the frightful incident occurred to Frida, transforming the cheerful and enchanted teenager into a character of tragic grandeur, always and in spite of everything able to maintain a deep desire to live.
The selection is curated by Diego Sileo, theorist and art historian, curator of the PAC (Contemporary Art Pavilion in Milan), whose work is focused on experiences and theories related to performance and body poetry. He has designed, among others, the exhibitions of Vanessa Beecroft, Yayoi Kusama, Franko B and curated the personal exhibitions of Marina Abramović and Regina José Galindo. As a student of the processes of aesthetic creation in South America, he specialised at the University of Mexico City and University of Buenos Aires, and in 2010 he was part, the only European member, of the research project on the new archive of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera discovered in Casa Azul. A unique and deeply passionate guide, able to open the heart of Frida ... and, we hope, a little bit of ours too. Enjoy your reading!
FROM FRIDA WITH LOVE
Frida Kahlo’s letters
Curated by 24ORE CULTURA