Frida Kahlo: Trauma, Abjection, and Affect


Chapter two gives a brief biographical sketch focussing on the traumatic events in Frida Kahlo’s life that surface in the selected artworks. It investigates her art as an assertion of visual images as representative of trauma and the abject. While trauma, abjection and affect are analysed in terms of Kahlo’s autobiographical imagery, these terms cannot be understood in isolation from one another and in fact are discussed in relation to one another. Upon reflection of the evaluation of specific works in order to understand the affective appeal in her works, it should be evident that the subject matter is traumatic, includes abjection, and affects viewers dramatically in response to her visual imagery.

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