Black and Blue...
“Architecture is the incorruptible witness of history, because one cannot speak of a great building disregarding it to be a witness of an era, its culture, its society, its intentions…”
Any place, whatever its use, is imprinted with the essence, the taste, the presence, and most of the time the whole persona of its inhabitants, telling the stories that take place behind closed doors. Even when no one is around. The Frida Kahlo Museum, also known as The Blue House (La Casa Azul), and The Diego Rivera Museum-Anahuacalli are no exception.
We’re before two of the places that watched Mexico’s most representative art couple walk down their halls, make up their dreams, struggle against life’s challenges, and envision and create their artworks. These walls jealously hold the stories of these two visionary artists whose unique marriage was far from conventional. This love/hate relationship would turn out to be one of the most famous alliances between artists ever seen to date.
On one hand we have the place where Frida grew up, lived along with Diego, and left this world in. The Blue House. On the other, the dream of a man of leaving a place to his country where people would get to see a large long-time amassed pre-hispanic private collection in return to what he’d been able to learn from the ancient cultures and that he would take as part of his inspiration to create his body of work. The Anahuacalli.
Frida and Diego were very much in love after all, yet they were truly different, like water and oil. I tried to bring up those differences to this series, where color and b&w would merge into a single set of photographs representing the places and the personalities of the artists themselves. That, along with the quotes, would also lead us up to both a visual and mental tour through their memories and lives, unveiling her blue soul and his untamed heart.
Hope you enjoyed the journey.