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Stills solo exhibition by Ishiuchi Miyako, the photographer who documented Frida's personal effects

09 June 2022

Stills, the centre for photography based in the heart of Edinburgh, Scotland, organized this show in conjunction with the Edinburgh Art Festival.

The exhibition, which runs from July 28 to October 8, 2022, will feature images from photographs from the series Frida, made at the Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City, where Miyako shot the artist's garments such as corsets, cosmetics and shoes.

When Frida died in 1954 at the age of 47, her husband Diego Rivera began storing her clothes, accessories, and other personal belongings in a toilet in their Mexico City home, the Blue House. Rivera stipulated that the room be kept locked for the next 15 years following his death.

After Rivera's death in 1957, the couple's Blue House was transformed into the Frida Kahlo Museum. The bathroom, on the other hand, was kept sealed until 2004. It included 300 items of Kahlo-related antiques when it was opened.

The museum began cataloging the collection, but they also invited Ishiuchi Miyako to shoot it. Miyako's work has frequently focused on the physical traces we leave behind, probing their emotional and social significance.

Miyako photographed Kahlo’s corsets, sunglasses, nail varnish and faded swimming costume. She photographed the embroidery and embellishment and the still vibrant colours. 

Kahlo’s leg was amputated the year before she died and perhaps the most remarkable of Miyako’s photographs is of Kahlo’s prosthetic leg, complete with a boot covered with Chinese embroidery. 

Other info on Frida's images by Miyako at this link.

The Stills exhibition will include also some of Miyako's most well-known series, including Mother's, the series with which she represented Japan at the Venice Biennale in 2005, work commissioned by the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in 2007 – to capture commonplace objects that had belonged to victims of the atomic explosion. 


Follow the link below for Miyako's Bio and Facts.