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A new Italian book about Frida by Paola Quatrale, "Siamo tuttǝ Frida", will be released on 7 July

26 June 2024

The book, with a preface by Giovanna Mulas, is a tribute to Freedom, which became flesh - lines colours and words -, assuming the features of Frida Kahlo. One of the central chapters of the work is entitled, not by chance, Fridam: the right to diversity, the duty to be oneself, beyond the induced belonging to a gender, a stereotype, a category. It is a series of tele-essays in which an attempt has been made, through various techniques, to reinterpret some of Kahlo's self-portraits in order to convey a message of resistance and freedom, to 'fine-tune' - features and nuances - the struggle against all forms of discrimination, enacted... set in 'motion' by anarchist and partisan brigandesses; intellectual activists and revolutionaries. Moreover, Kahlo's faces, portrayed here, often evoke, in their clothes, ornaments, and hair styles, the conscience, strength and sensitivity of Tehuane women; a reminder of the matriarchal culture of the women of Tehuantepec, and of all those matrilineal societies in danger of being wiped out by penetrating capitalist imperialism.

For this reason, in each portrait-chapter of the text, the exploits of people and characters who have become manifestos of Resistance and Revolution are evoked: from Antigone to Kahlo, we are such. We are called to resemble them, to embody their 'civil disobedience', because we are all Frida.