New film to explore the life & work of Frida Kahlo

Graham Robson February 19, 2021

Exhibition on Screen is to release ​FRIDA KAHLO, a new film exploring the life and art of a global icon, ​on DVD, download and stream on Monday, February 22.

The film is a journey through the life of a true icon and chance for viewers to discover her art, and uncover the truth behind her often turbulent life.

Created in collaboration with experts who knew Kahlo, and those that have studied and curated her work, this combination of interviews, commentary and a detailed exploration of her art delivers a treasure trove of colour and a feast of vibrancy. Filmed extensively at The Blue House in Mexico City, this intimate film offers privileged access to her works, and highlights the source of her feverish creativity, her resilience, and her unmatched lust for life, politics, men and women.

Director Ali Ray said: “Directing this film has totally changed my view on Frida Kahlo as an artist. Beforehand, I hadn’t really given her much attention, feeling a little put off by the ubiquity of her image as an icon on cushion covers and t-shirts. Now, having studied her works closely and understanding their context of time and place, I am utterly gripped.

“Having access to her personal letters was a key part of making the film, and in my own understanding of her work. It enabled me to see how the fragility and insecurities revealed in her letters were processed through the act of painting. Her meticulously painted canvases were how she interpreted the world, her politics, passions and emotions, transforming them into images of strength, defiance and understanding.”

Frida Kahlo​ is released on Monday, February 22 and will be available to purchase from retailers or directly from Seventh Art Productions ​here​.