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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Naked Frida






Several years ago, 
I had a very bad car accident..
I lived, but my car, my "ruby slipper" didn't..
I still bear the scars from that accident, 

some are visible...

perhaps that is why 
Frida Kahlo 
always interested me..

I identified with her pain...




Frida Kahlo, was one of the most photographed artists..




but we are very different in our approach, while she painted her 

painful reality,

I prefer to look for beauty and to capture my feelings in collage..
and a more abstract illustration...

She was never shy about putting it all out there...
but..

Recently I started noticing nude images of Frida on
 Tumblr, Pinterest
and Flickr


I was shocked, because they were obviously photoshopped...
let's be real, 
the woman had over 30 surgeries 
and 
the scars from her original accident... 
 she was impaled by a steel handrail, that entered her hip and exited her side...

no one could really believe these photos were of 
Frida Kahlo... 
could they?



Frida Kahlo painting her body cast after one of her 30 surgeries



it seemed manipulative, 
these perfect, lovely unblemished nude photos... 
with Frida's head attached..



Frida wearing a chin strap after surgery



And incongruous...
this woman who's artistic expression was filtered by her twisted and scarred body..

as more photoshopped photos appear, and more people share them unwittingly on social media.. 
 people will begin to believe 
they are real images..

and her reality,
 her painful reality 

will be changed... 







What do you think?
Is it Art?






ciao, ciao..

28 comments:

Dorthe said...

Dear Caterina,
I think it is totally dreadful, it is horrendously, and it is changing the fact, that this amazing woman, lived all the rest of her life in pain, coming from the accident and all the scars that followed the surgeries.
I think it is a VERY BAD joke, and that it should be forbitten to play with photoes of other persons!!!
I could be so angry, reading this dear.
I think you understand my point of view, even I miss some words in english!
Hugs to you for telling this and hopefully making others than me feeling shaken, and maybe do something about it !!
Kisses,Dorthe

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

There is a great need out there for some reason to alter and destroy things that are true and good(even painful truths). Social media is wonderful in so many ways, but there is the same part of the population that only wants to harm that exists everywhere. Sad that we have not progressed as humans far enough. xox

Marie Danti said...

I have not seen the altered photos to which you referred, but I've always loved the originals that you posted. Her paintings did reflect her difficult life and her feisty response to her circumstance. I'm a big fan.

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Dorthe, Yes, it seems more than just disrespect to me... I do understand your point of view and in a way it steals her power... thank you for your visit, dear one and your strong feelings... xoxo

Corrine, I agree, I don't undertand it, but I know I won't support it... xox

Caterina Giglio said...

Marie, I am surprised that you have not seen them... I have seen a couple circulating on Facebook and I it always shocks me...

Connie Rose said...

No, it's not art -- it's corruption and manipulation. And isn't it strange (or perhaps not) that the same people who do this sort of thing, e.g. manipulate, obscure and replace reality, are the same ones who commit so many "murderous" acts against large segments of society. I kind of liken it to Facebook removing photos of women breastfeeding saying it's against their rules, yet they allow photos of so many pornographic, racist, homophobic and otherwise violent acts.

A bird in the hand said...

No. It is not art. It's a reflection of the people who do that -- twisted, misogynistic, cruel-minded people.

Analia Cristina said...

Creo que sea la otra cara de internet,gente que se divierte en inventar y ver como otra gente se cree todo lo que ve.Como los falsos versos de Garcia Marquez o Borges.Aqui en Roma hay una muestra de Frida que dura hasta agosto,sus mejores cuadros,arte y tanto amor por la vida a pesar del dolor!!!

lynne h said...

bah!!!

that's all i have to say. : )

xoxo

Jo Murray said...

I will never understand why some people need to change someone else's reality. Frida's story was painful, but it was HERS.

Caterina Giglio said...

Connie yes, I agree.. Manipulated so that they control what they want to see.. Objectification...

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Caterina Giglio said...

Yes, Colette, and I assume it could happen to any artist...

Caterina Giglio said...

Analia Cristina...ah, in modo da avere una mostra lì a Roma, e si può vedere il suo lavoro, che bello ... non credo che avrebbe dato il permesso per questo ...

Caterina Giglio said...

lynne, what else it there to say really..i quite agree...

Caterina Giglio said...

Jo I agree, quite problematic... I suppose any artist could be a target....

Margie said...

Cat,
I did not know this was happening.
That is not art and totally disrespectful.
Some people have no respect!

Thanks so much for the kind words on my poem today, you are such a dear.

xoox

Gayle Price said...

I was not aware of this, thank you for pointing it out. It does not surprise me in this day tho, when every one and anyone is fair game to those needy, ignorant and desperate individuals wanting to "make their mark." It's done by people who have no real or meaningful creative life of their own. They have no great talent. What they do is not creative or unique. They are not amazingly intelligent. They have nothing to offer that is honourable or clever. The only way these people can draw attention to themselves is by the "manipulation" of the brilliant and the famous; those who have rightfully made their mark and earned their creative and artistic greatness.
These "thieves" ride on the coat tails of respected and acknowledged artists, and I am happy in the fact of knowing that they will never amount to any thing great. The ignorance that they demonstrate is all they will be remembered for.

martinealison said...

Bonjour,
Je ne connaissais pas l'existence de telles photos...
Quel dommage, que de telles tromperies existent !...
Le monde souffre de ce besoin de mentir sans cesse...
✺ Gros bisous ✺

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I know very little about Frida. I had to make art for a challenge one time that incorporated her in it, so I tried to learn a bit about her life in a very short period of time. Unfortunately, I'm unaware of these photos you are speaking about. But that could be one of the reasons why I'm a blogger ONLY, and not on any of the other social media sites.

Art, as they say, is in the eye of the beholder. One nice thing about these photos is, we don't have to pay to go to a museum to see them. All we have to do is click that "X" at the top of the page and they are gone. Thanks for sharing this.

Sharmon Davidson said...

I wholeheartedly agree with Lynne!

Caterina Giglio said...

Margie, I know, it is very disrespectful... thanks for stopping in, I so appreciate your visits!
xoxo

Gail, I couldn't have said it better, and I agree with you! xoxo

Oui ma chère, c'est la déception, et très troublant ... xxoo

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi E, you are so very right, and believe me I did that! clicked the x and poof... bothersome stuff all gone!! thank you for your visit dear one! x

Sharmon... LOL! I agree!! x

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Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

No, definitely not art -- a criminal act is what it is, to take someone's image without permission and then change it up. Like you said, they change her history ... and in this day and age, people tend to believe just about anything that is out there. I tend to question everything. Glad to know that you were able to heal from your accident. Best wishes, Tammy

Ricë said...

Photoshopping other people? I agree with you.

Also: I think it reflects the foolish idea that women must be physically beautiful. If they're revered, they "deserve" a "perfect" body. But I think it's also the need to make the women we admire seem "perfect" in other ways, too. I think of Anais Nin, who is so widely admired and whose real story is mostly overlooked.

Caterina Giglio said...

Tammy.. thank you dearheart, I live with the pain of my accident each day, though not to the extent of Frida's pain, but none of us are without pain in some sort, methinks... thanks for stopping by!

Caterina Giglio said...

Ricë, I agree, it is about perfection and I think you are right about Anais Nin... thanks for stopping by!