Lauren Franceschini

Upcoming Exhibition: Finding 50 Fridas

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“I don’t paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality.”

In partnership with Women’s History Month, next Thursday, March 17th, marks the beginning of The East End Prints Shop’s 17-day exhibition featuring portraits of Frida Kahlo. The East End Print Shop will be selling portraits of Kahlo created by over 50 artists of varying mediums. Many categories of art will be featured including drawings, mosaics, street art, paintings, printing and more. Of the profits from the shop, a set percentage of sales proceeds will be donated to Margaret’s Fund, a UK women’s charity that provides funding for women in ill health.

Tracie Andrews

Frida Kahlo, who is widely considered one of Mexico’s greatest artists, was born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1907. Throughout her life, she lived in an aptly named building titled “The Blue House” which was opened to the public as a museum after her death. Much of her work is centred around her life experiences and her repertoire amounts to approximately 200 paintings, sketches and drawings. Of her 143 paintings, 55 are self-portraits. Her art grants its viewers an intimate look into her personal physical and emotional pain, as well as her tumultuous relationship with fellow artist and husband, Diego Rivera. Though Kahlo passed away in 1954, her work transcends the barriers of time and culture. Her modern popularity stems from the uprising of the feminist movement paired with Kahlo’s status as an “icon of female creativity”.

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There will be a preview night on Thursday March 17th from 6-9 pm and the exhibition is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm on Mondays-Fridays as well as 10 am to 5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays until the its closing on April 3rd. The event also features wine and cheese by II Cudega, flower crowns by Theatre of Flowers, a Frida Kahlo talk by Beatriz Acevedo and Mexican music and merchandise.

Head over to The East End Prints Shop for more information on the event and the Frida Kahlo Foundation to read more about Kahlo’s life and work.

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