Frida Kahlo: endurance and art

In 1913, in the Coyoacán district of Mexico City, the 6-year old Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón contracted poliomyelitis, enduring a convalescence of 9 months. About 8500 people across the USA were to die as a result of the polio epidemics that raged between 1913 and 1916. Although the child was lucky to have survived, she contracted paralytic poliomyelitis, as a result of which the muscles of her right leg lost their function. Her limb became emaciated and the foot stunted, and as she grew, its failure to develop led to an imbalance in her pelvis and a curvature of her spine. The child’s solution of trousers, floor-length skirts, or multiple pairs of socks may not have quelled school-yard taunts, but she prevailed academically. Aged 15 years, and one of only 35 girls out of 2000 students, she was accepted to the prestigious Escuela Nacional Preparatoria, after which her plan was to study medicine.



About Giorgio Bertini

Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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