Most often it’s a painter’s works of other subjects that come to pass as iconic imagery in society’s collective conscious. But Frida Kahlo is most remembered for her self portraits: she made her own image iconic.
Kahlo’s monobrowed countenance is instantly recognisable. Her self portraits didn’t gloss over pain or imperfection – rather they were uncompromising depictions of her own reality, clouded together with symbolism. Kahlo used indigenous Mexican prints, cultural colours and religious iconography. It’s no wonder that when we see a shoot mixing traditional prints and halos of flowers with an unbroken line across the brow, we know instantly where the inspiration came from.
Photographer Marjolein Audrey Banis “postprocessed this series in [her] handbag” giving the effect that “each print is scarred and unique.” The aged effects do indeed add something to the Frida Kahlo inspired fashion shoot, which was styled by Carolina Pestman using an array of vintage pieces.
View all of Banis’ shoot, which stars Joanna Simeonidis and has hair by Yvonne Bloedbeld-Irvine and makeup by Anika Roelink, at the gallery above.