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Disability History Month Trailblazers - Frida Kahlo

Friday 29 November 2013 Disabled Students

As part of our Disability History Month celebration, we will be featuring a trailblazer from Disability history each week. This week we focus on Frida Kahlo.

Frida Kahlo (1907-1954): The world-famous Mexican artist, best known for her Surrealist art.

Her disability stemmed from being born with spina bifida, a congenital condition that could have affected both spinal and leg development. She also developed childhood Polio at age six.  Being determined to overcome these challenges, Frida took up a variety of sports, including boxing. At eighteen, she got into a bus accident, leaving her with a serious of injuries.

While recovering from her injuries, Frida started painting, focusing on self- portraits, many of her paintings reflect her experience of being disabled.

It was not until after her death in the 1970/1980s she became well known for her paintings, being celebrated by indigenous and feminist campaigners. She received many honours, including becoming the first Hispanic woman to be honoured with a U.S. postage stamp and having her photo and paintings issued on the new 500 Mexican peso note and many others.

Frida is considered one of Mexico’s greatest artists and an icon of female creativity.

 

Check out the video below -  it is a chance to challenge your own perceptions of what disability is and a way to celebrate the diversity of the disabled students' movement.