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Semantee ChattopadhyayParticipant@semantee03July 28, 2021 at 11:21 pm #33275
She is on your mugs, she is on your tote bags, she is even on the back of our Jean jackets. Frida Kahlo went from being a radical self-portrait artist to a product sold and consumed all over the world. This tells us a lot about the consumerization of feminism. Kahlo was a Mexican artist known around the globe for her provocative self-portraits. She was disabled by polio at the age of two. At eighteen, she suffered serious health injuries as a result of a bus crash that almost killed her. Through paintings of her face body and posture, she depicted her struggles with disability and her fallout with long time lover Diego Rivera. Her work also gave insight into her family life and how she perceived herself. Politically, Kahlo was outspoken against the capitalist world order. She hung out with people like trust ki and constantly challenged Western standards of what it meant to look and feel like a woman. That’s why today she is seen as an important symbol of feminism. Feminism has become a very messy term, like many concepts it means different things to different people. Its history can be broken down into three main waves. The first wave, second wave and the third wave feminism. The third wave of feminism, during the 1990s and the 2000s, came about partially as a response to the person saved failures of the first and the second waves. With many of the voices emerging from the global south, third-wave feminism called out white feminists for enforcing their version of what liberation and equality ought to look like. Third-wave feminism is believed in the diversity of experiences and felt their stories were being hijacked by white feminists. Their main concern was ‘intersectionality’, which meant that the diversity of ‘women’ is recognised with an emphasis placed on identity, gender, race, nation, social order and sexual preferences. This is where the impact of Frida Kahlo is most important. At a time when being feminine was the norm for being a woman, she was not ashamed of her facial hair and even depicted it in her paintings. She also showed a lot of gender fluidity and put her disability front and the centre of her work. She would alternate between masculine and feminine attire in her self-portraits.Manpreet SinghParticipant@manpreetJuly 29, 2021 at 2:42 pm #33276
Frida departed from the usual representation of women’s beauty in art but decided to express crude and honest situations faced by so many women. Her topics covered abortion, maltreatment, birth, and breastfeeding, which are generally regarded as fabulous, and are totally overlooked by many women. Frida once claimed that she’s the “most direct expression in myself” of her self-portraits, and she also sheds light on women’s experiences. Frida had suffered enormously all through her life; polio at the age of six, with the spine Bifida, and then an almost deadly car accident at the age of 18, leaving her unable to conceive children. During her marriage to Diego Rivera, Frida had several encounters with both men and women. No justifications, no apologies, no excuses, no bold act in her time for her sexual choices. One of her most remarkable things was the performer Josephine Baker, which matched the courage and imagination of Kahlo.
While she remained bedridden months later, Frida resumed painting. She turned her anguish into a painting obsession. Through her self-portraits usually have a sense of sadness and anguish, her gaze remains challenging and ferocious. Although so many women are portrayed as the victim, Frida shows that grief is an inherent part of existence but does not define us. In both her art and her life, Frida enjoyed breaking the norms. She was surrounded by other fascinating intellectuals and creative people. One of the reasons why her work is recognized so widely is that it was different from anything. Frida smoked, boxed, and confronted her mother and sisters with clothing, and gathered Tequila’s challenges against males. In her self-portraits, she refused to modify her «male» features, including her mono view and a thin mustache. Once she wrote “I enjoy my eyes and eyes” in her diary.” She still embraced her femininity however, wore colorful outfits and flavored her hair.PALAK KASHIVParticipant@palakAugust 2, 2021 at 10:37 am #33301
Frida Kahlo was a feminist she was born and brought up in Mexico, she was interested and deeply into politics, at that time the Mexican revolution was started only, she was an artist and Frida depicted her uniqueness in her painting, the main thing was she always followed her heart and mind she knew what was right for her, she always dressed in a way which was very unique she was wearing suits bandana in hair which very different from what Mexican wears. That’s how she was challenging patriarchy, and she also valued and practice what society said it’s not feminine. So she was in that period where barely feminism battle she was impacting the whole country by keep breaking stereotypes. She created paintings that were depicting the women’s issue she made very thoughtful about miscarriage also about abortion and menstruation. Frida made her eyebrow as a mustache which was very creative no one has done and she carries her very gracefully also Frida never cares about society’s opinions she continued her creativity and expressed her with her talent. She was openly a bisexual woman, she has the affair with both some men and women she never feels ashamed about her sexual preferences. She also helped the LGBTQ community, she was a very revolutionary woman and she used her art as a weapon to address women’s sufferings. We need more women like this in the world. she was very fierce as a woman, a true inspiration for every feminist out there one can learn a lot from her.DISHA SAPKALEParticipant@42dishaAugust 14, 2021 at 4:05 pm #33428
Frida Kahlo is known for painting like portraits, self-portraits that has the strong and positive message towards society. She was an Mexican Painter born in 1907 her works is inspired by the nature and artifacts of the Mexico and paintings of Frida Kahlo was very incredible which shows that how people are suffering from class, gender, inequality, races and more. Frida Kahlo portray painting which has the meaning and message to society of breaking gender stereotypes through her unique mind she portray and painting such kind of image that will definitely gives the message and be impact on society. On of his painting where she want to show gender stereotypes, in that she dressed like men in her family portraits whereas her mom and sis wore dresses, In that painting she want to defied gender stereotypes. Frida Kahlo was bisexual and she shows her identity openly and freely in society. She had multiple relationships with both men and women and her one of the affair was similar with her creativity with Entertainer Josephine Baker. She was very open and bold with her identity without getting fair of the society. Frida Kahlo painted women’s issues and real women’s experiences that are been ignored due to the taboo that society feels when it comes to women’s experience and problems. She painted subjects like miscarriage, abortion, breastfeeding and many more. Frida Kahlo’s style was surrealism, magical realism, Modern art and symbolism. She has the great impact on the society and feminist movement because of being an independent artist which can be an inspiration for many people.
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