viernes, 22 de junio de 2012

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Frida Kahlo en el hospital, dibujando, con la ayuda de un espejo, sobre el corset que usó la mayor parte de su vida para sostener su reventada columna.
Foto: Juan Guzmán, 1951.

Frida Kahlo in a hospital bed, drawing her corset with help of a mirror by Juan Guzmán, 1951
Frida Kahlo wore plaster corsets for most of her life because her spine was too weak to support itself. She painted them, naturally, covering them with pasted scraps of fabric and drawings of tigers, monkeys, plumed birds, a blood-red hammer and sickle, and streetcars like the one whose handrail rammed through her body when she was eighteen years old. The corsets remain to this day in her famous blue house—their embedded mirrors reflecting back our gazes, their collages bringing the whole world into stricture. In one, an open circle has been carved into the plaster like a skylight near the heart.

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