Chavela Vargas. La Llorona.
From the soundtrack to Frida, starring Salma Hayek, and featuring heart breaking scenes from the film, including Vargas singing the song to Hayek. Vargas reportedly had a love affair with the real Frida Kahlo when she was young. Anti-establishment and publicly identifying as homosexual, Vargas took a bold stance against the status quo of the music industry. Vargas defied stereotypes of what women singers should look and sound, by sculpting her unique vocal talents around traits typically associated with masculinity. Known as the rough voice of tenderness (“la voz áspera de la ternura”), Vargas embodied art both as passion and protest.
Vargas died on the 5th of August 2012, RIP.
Image via Van Guardia.
- Source: zeezeescorner
Frida Kahlo (1907 – 1954) is one of the world’s most recognisable painters. Her Surrealist paintings were greatly influenced by her Mexican culture as well as the culture of the indigenous people of Mexico (her mother was of Spanish and Mexican-Indigenous decent). Kahlo is famous for her rich use of colour and her various self-portraits. Explaining why she was so often the subject of her own art, she said:
"Because I am so often alone….because I am the subject I know best."
Kahlo’s vision resonates because of her searing insight into her own humanity, her fierce femininity and defiant attitude towards the morals of her day.
Read more about Kahlo’s life and art at FridaKahlo.com.
- The Two Fridas (1939). Via: godsartistinresidence.blogspot
- Self Portrait with Monkey -1938. Via: livelearnloveleave.com