This May Be the Only Known Recording of Frida Kahlo’s Voice

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    A recently unearthed audio clip featured in the 1955 pilot episode of Mexican radio show “El Bachiller” could represent the only known example of Frida Kahlo’s voice, the National Sound Library of Mexico announced this week.


    According to The New York Times’ Alex Marshall and Mark A. Walsh, the recording, which likely dates to 1953 or '54, introduces its speaker as a female painter “who no longer exists”—a point in favor of the Kahlo attribution, since the artist died on July 13, 1954, shortly before the program’s release.

    In the 90-second clip, the unidentified speaker reads excerpts from a Kahlo essay titled “Portrait of Diego.” In the piece, published in 1949 as part of the catalogue for a retrospective centered on husband and fellow artist, Diego Rivera, Kahlo describes the Mexican muralist as a “gigantic, immense child, with a friendly face and a sad gaze.”

    “His high, dark, extremely intelligent and big eyes rarely hold still. They almost come out of their sockets because of their swollen and protuberant eyelids—like a toad’s. They allow his gaze to take in a much wider visual field, as if they were built especially for a painter of large spaces and crowds,” the piece continues, per an Agence France-Presse translation quoted by the Guardian’s Steph Harmon.

    In an interview with the Associated Press, Hilda Trujillo, director of the Frida Kahlo Museum, cautions that there is “still a long way to go” before the voice can be definitively identified as Kahlo’s. But Trujillo says she remains optimistic that the clip includes “enough elements to do a rigorous analysis” involving library officials, engineers, audio experts and still-living individuals who knew the great artist.


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    It would be really cool if it was.
     
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    Manos y huesos y sangre se irá
    Pero el corazón no muere,
    Miles palabras en quieto pincel,
    Dueña y esclava de dos.

    Ojos que sirven de espejo
    Pasíon y dolor y placer,
    Cara y disfraz que aparecen
    Esos fracasos de ayer,

    ¿Madre de sueños, ti quien te dirá
    Cada mujer sueña igual?
    Aguila inquieta cadenas cairán
    ¿Frida, es tu descanso en paz?

    Crumbling hands, bones and blood will be gone.
    Something in a heart lives forever.
    Thousand words painted by love's broken stroke—
    Master and slave, you were both.

    Eyes serving as our own mirror
    Of passion and pleasure and pain,
    Costume and face of a story
    Bearing that yesterday stain,

    Mother of dreams, who could dare to predict
    Women would dream by your name?
    Restless the eagle still chained by the wing—
    Frida are you sleeping in peace?
     
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    She wasn't that 'great'. Her popularity was based on her being a Commie when that was considered 'avant Garde' among idiots and con artists of that era. Most of the art world is fraud, fakery, and fashion victimhood, and they all sucked up to rich oligarch morons, which is odd for supposed 'revolutionaries'.
     
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    Why are we suddenly being directed to care about an obscure singer from the third world? Not referring to your post...but this is being pushed as a significant event by the elites all over the media.
     
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    What? Because we haven't heard her voice.


    She was an artist. She was married to Diego Rivera. Had an affair with Trotsky. Spent most of her life in extreme pain due to a bus accident where railing went through her pelvis.
     
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    It's because she was a Red, and not white, same as that Mexican muralist they gush over as if he was a great artist, when he was actually just a mediocre cartoonist who copied Stalinist style propaganda characters on walls. Always very trendy in in pseudo-intellectual circles, Artists Of Color and all that phony rubbish.
     
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    Her father was German.
     
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    So? Mestizos are all mixed European and indian. French, Spanish, and Irish, mostly. South America will have a lot of German/indian or German/Spanish, of course, even Japanese.
     
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    But, her father was German. Don't be an asshole.
     
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    " Most of the art world is fraud, fakery, and fashion victimhood"
    The Renaissance proves this statement wrong along with anything having to do with the Art Deco period.
     
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