When Frida Kahlo died in 1954, her husband Diego Rivera took her belongings and locked them in a bathroom in their Mexico City home, then ‘demanded it be locked until 15 years after his death’. The room was opened in 2004 and Ishiuchi Miyako was invited to photograph Kahlo’s belongings for a photo series that gives us a more intimate view of the artist, her struggles and the zest for life she held throughout.
Everything from cats-eye glasses, fringed boots and her body casts are snapped in this series, with her signature bright and bold colours on display. One item that really stands out for me is Kahlo’s prosthetic leg. After her leg was amputated in 1953, Kahlo designed this prosthetic leg with an embroidered lace-up boot – something that shows just how spirited this incredible artist was to the very end.
Ishiuchi Miyako’s Frida series is currently on show at London’s Michael Hoppen gallery.
Via The Guardian