What would Frida Kahlo’s Facebook Look Like?

An upcoming Phoenix exhibit shows off the Mexican artist’s lesser-known photography.

Some people are obsessed with Frida Kahlo (click, then scroll down). Admittedly, she kicked butt in the male-dominated world of 20th century art. Movies have been filmed about her. Books written. Paintings exhibited. Museums assembled. But wait! There’s more.

From the shoeboxes beneath her bed (figuratively speaking, of course) in 2007 surfaced 6,000 photographs documenting parts of her life. About 240 of them are the meat of the exhibit Frida Kahlo—Her Photos, opening Halloween at Phoenix’s Heard Museum.

This unassembled scrapbook of memories is another way to stalk the Mexican artist. Some photos have scribbled notes on the back; others have kisses immortalized by red lipstick; and others have images cut out—you are left to imagine why. Whether viewing them makes you feel like her best friend or like a snoop, they do shine a light on another part of Frida. Her day to day. In today’s terms, what her Facebook feed might have looked like.

423_frida_MedResPhoto by Gisèle Freund courtesy of the Frida Kahlo Museum

305_frida_MedResPhoto by Anonymous courtesy of the Frida Kahlo Museum

5001_frida_MedResPhoto by Anonymous courtesy of the Frida Kahlo Museum

340_frida_MedResPhoto by Lola Álvarez Bravo courtesy of the Frida Kahlo Museum

5105_frida_MedResPhoto by Nickolas Muray courtesy of the Frida Kahlo Museum

1025_frida_MedResPhoto by Anonymous courtesy of the Frida Kahlo Museum

234_frida_MedResPhoto by Gisèle Freund courtesy of the Frida Kahlo Museum

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