80 x 80 cm, Acrylic on Plywood
Artist: Christa Assad x Kevin Wickham
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Frida Kahlo (6 July 1907 – 13 July 1954)
Until the age of 18, Frida Kahlo wanted to be a doctor. But at that age a bus accident in which she nearly lost her life left her bedridden and isolated for several years. She turned to art, a childhood interest, during her recovery, and specifically to painting self-portraits depicting her experience of chronic pain. Her folk-art style captured a particularly Mexican aesthetic of vivid color and intricate detail. In addition to belonging to the post-revolutionary Mexicayotl movement, which sought to define a Mexican identity, Kahlo has been described as a surrealist and magical realist. Her notoriety as an artist was in part due to her marriage to muralist Diego Rivera, and also to her being seen as the height of exotica in New York for her elaborate, traditional Mexican dress.
Art Exhibition: Quien Calla, Otorga (Silence Means Conscent) celebrates women of México past and present. While some of those represented are controversial figures in history, all are undeniably powerful. Their strength inspires the next generation of young women to find their voices and use their minds for positive change..
Feminine energy is breaking out around the world. Women are taking control as political leaders and active fighters in the military and rebel groups. But while the number of current female leaders – excluding monarchs and figureheads – has more than doubled since 2000, most of the world’s nations have never been led by a woman (Pew Research Center, March 8, 2017). We are already familiar with what happens when men are in power. Male energy has led us to endless wars, to mass destruction and devastation of our planet and its natural resources, to genocide. It is time for change and for the feminine energy to take the lead.