In conversation: perspectives on Frida Kahlo

Produced as part of Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up

Ran from 16 June 2018 to 18 November 2018

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Claire Wilcox, Co-curator of the exhibition 'Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up' and Gannit Ankori, Professor of Fine Arts at Brandeis University, share their unique perspectives on what this landmark exhibition reveals about Frida Kahlo's life, art, personal belongings and growing influence as a modern icon.

In conversation: perspectives on Frida Kahlo

This audio discussion was recorded at the V&A, introduced by Ana Baeza Ruiz, exhibition Research Assistant, featuring Claire Wilcox, the V&A's Senior Curator of Fashion and Textiles and Co-curator of the exhibition, alongside Gannit Ankori, Professor of Fine Arts at Brandeis University, Massachusetts, and Content Advisor to the exhibition.

Frida, by Guillermo Kahlo, about 1926, Coyoacán, Mexico. © Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera Archives. Bank of Mexico, Fiduciary in the Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo Museum Trust.

We don't know, when we look at images of Frida, whether we're looking at her, or ourselves.

Claire Wilcox
Left to right: Detail of irregular pre-Columbian jade beads showing paint flecks, probably excavated from a Maya site and possibly assembled by Frida Kahlo; Necklace of coral beads with metal milagros (votive charms) in the form of legs, Mexico, probably early 20th century. Photographs by Javier Hinojosa, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo Archives, Banco de México, Fiduciary of the Trust of the Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo Museums

Everybody takes away what they're looking for in this exhibition, through the lens of Frida Kahlo.

Claire Wilcox
Self-portrait with camera, Guillermo Kahlo, 1900 – 12, Mexico City. © Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera Archives. Bank of Mexico, Fiduciary in the Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo Museum Trust
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

It's not just about being Frida Kahlo, it's about being [...], people are moved by this exhibition because it speaks to them about the human condition.

Gannit Ankori
Self-Portrait MCMXLI, Frida Kahlo, 1941, Mexico. © 2018 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust. Image courtesy of The Jacques and Natasha Gelman collection. Reproduction authorised by INBA 2018

Co-curated by Claire Wilcox and Circe Henestrosa, Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up runs at the V&A South Kensington until 18 November 2018.

Background image: Frida Kahlo with Olmec figurine, 1939. © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives