Lecture 009 Reading – Body Languages: Kahlo and Medical Imagery
- Kahlo registers aspects of experience that social convention dictates ought to remain private
- This provocative breach of the divide between public and private realms exposes the limits
of what can be spoken within the hegemonic culture.
- For Kahlo, her experience of a miscarriage would serve as a confirmation of the exclusion of
the feminine from language that Lacan talks about; attempts to rework and transform the
patriarchal system of representations.
- Kahlo makes the viewer acknowledge gender and power relations inscribed in visual
- Kahlo uses medical imagery in a disruptive way as a foreign intrusion that forces one to
question the boundaries and exclusions enforced by art.