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This Photographer Is Getting People To Transform Into Frida Kahlo For 15 Minutes

Last week, thousands of Frida Kahlo look-a-likes gathered to make history and break a Guinness World Records for most Frida’s in one place. This event proved two things: countless people adore Frida and many of them are inspired by her look. Brazilian photographer Camila Fontenele de Miranda is taking this very concept and created a project inspired by Frida, of course.

Her project, titled “Todos Podem Ser Frida (All Can Be Frida),” is literally transforming her subjects — men, women, babies — into Frida.

Fontenele de Miranda told the Huffington Post about her first encounter with Frida Kahlo, which happened while she was in college.

She says it completely changed her view of life. “First, I fell in love with the colors, but then I found a strong, almost spiritual connection between us,” said Fontenele de Miranda.

The project was launched in 2012, and, initially, Fontenele de Miranda worked exclusively with men.

“Frida used to wear men’s clothes, and also there were rumors about her bisexuality,” Fontenele de Miranda told the Huffington Post. “I think she was really brave for living with such intensity, fearless of experimenting to be the other.”

She then started including women, children, and even people posing with pets.

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What is most compelling, at first sight, is not just stoic pose from some of her subjects, but their eyes. Each gaze is remarkably different, and, yet a real sense of honesty is clearly there. Whether the subject is serious or has a playful smile, they always have a Frida-like sense to them.

While the photographer says that each subject can be photographed as Frida for 15 minutes, each set up is actually more complicated than that.

Fontenele de Miranda has a team of photography assistants and makeup artists that help the subjects become Frida.

Now, the photographer is turning “Todos Podem Ser Frida (All Can Be Frida)” into a book.

Credit: Camila Fontenele de Miranda / Vimeo

De Miranda is raising money to get the book published. “With much love, affection and all the best feelings, we inform you that our collective financing is open now,” Fontenele de Miranda wrote on Facebook. “With your collaboration will be possible the publication of the bilingual book (Portuguese/English) of the project ‘All Can Be Frida,’ made with stories and the best photographs made on the essays and interventions.”

READ: There’s A New Frida Kahlo Exhibit That Features Rare Family Photos And It Made Me So Emotional

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A Brazilian Photographer Is Documenting Indigenous Tribes In The Amazon

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A Brazilian Photographer Is Documenting Indigenous Tribes In The Amazon

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Indigenous tribes are the most important connection between man and nature. These tribes have lived off the land before modern society and many have never interacted with modern society. Ricardo Stuckert is going through and documenting the indigenous Amazonian tribes in Brazil.

Ricardo Stuckert is photographing indigenous tribespeople in the Brazilian Amazon.

The indigenous community is something sacred that most people agrees should be protected. They are more connected to the land than we are. Their customs and traditions are more ingrained in this world than ours are and it is so important to protect them.

The indigenous community of Brazil has been subjected to horrible attacks and conditions from the Brazilian government.

One of the most widespread attacks against the indigenous Brazilians living in the Amazon has been for the land. President Jair Bolsonaro has tried to take land away from the indigenous communities to allow for logging and mining. A bill he sent to the congress sought to exploit the land for commercial purposes, even legalizing some of the attacks we have seen on indigenous people since President Bolsonaro took power.

Stuckert wants to preserve the indigenous culture and customs through photos.

“I think it is important to disseminate Brazilian culture and show the way that native peoples live today,” Stuckert told DailyMail. “In 1997, I started to photograph the Amazon and had my first contact with the native people of Brazil. Since then, I have tried to show the diversity and plurality of indigenous culture, as well as emphasize the importance of the Indians as guardians of the forest. There are young people who are being born who have never seen or will see an Indian in their lives.”

The photographer believes that using photography is the best way to share culture.

“I think that photography has this power to transpose a culture like this to thousands of people,” Stuckert told DailyMail. “The importance of documentary photojournalism is to undo stigmas and propagate a culture that is being lost. We need to show the importance of indigenous people to the world, for the protection of our forests.”

You can see all of Stuckert’s photos on his Instagram.

Stuckert’s work to documented the indigenous community is giving people an insight into a life many never see. Brazil is home to about 210 million people with around 1 million having indigenous heritage. The diverse indigenous community of Brazil is something important to showcase and that’s what Stuckert is doing.

READ: Indigenous Photographer Diego Huerta’s Photos Of Oaxaca’s Indigenous People Celebrates Their Beauty

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Yes, Someone Created An Actual Honest To God 108-Foot Vulva Statue In Brazil

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Yes, Someone Created An Actual Honest To God 108-Foot Vulva Statue In Brazil

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There’s no denying the fact that the female form, and it’s bits, in particular, have inspired artwork the world over. Tarsila do Amaral was inspired by it. Frida Kahlo and artists like Zilia Sánchez and Marta Minujín too. Women’s bodies are inspired and so they inspire. Still, a recent unveiling of vulva artwork has become so controversial and made people so besides themselves that it seems many have forgotten these truths about our bodies.

Over the weekend, Brazilian visual artist Juliana Notari revealed her latest sculptureDiva, on a hillside at Usina del Arte. The art park is located in the Brazilian state of Pernambuco and is described by Notari as “a massive vulva / wound excavation.”

The massive sculpture created on the hillside located in northeastern Brazil features a bright pink vulva and has fueled what is being described as a cultural war.

Notari created Diva, a colorful 108-foot concrete and resin sculpture on the site of a former sugar mill. The mill was converted into an open-air museum in Pernambuco state. Last week, when Notari debuted the installation she revealed it was meant to depict both a vulva and a wound while questioning the relationship between nature and culture in a “phallocentric and anthropocentric society.”

“These issues have become increasingly urgent today,” Notari wrote in a post shared to her Facebook page which was shared alongside a series of photos of the sculpture. According to NBC, it took a team of 20 artisans 11 months to build the entire concept.

No surprise, the piece of art sparked a wave of controversy on social media, with critics and supports debating its message and significance.

Over 25,000 users have commented on Notari’s Facebook post so far including leftists and conservatives. On the far-right, supporters of President Jair Bolsonaro have also been vocal about their views of the product.

“With all due respect, I did not like it. Imagine me walking with my young daughters in this park and them asking … Daddy, what is this? What will I answer?” one user wrote in the Facebook section of the post.

“With all due respect, you can teach your daughters not to be ashamed of their own genitals,” a woman replied.

Olavo de Carvalho, an advisor to Bolsonaro, vulgarly criticized the piece on Twitter.

Notari, whose previous work has been displayed at various galleries explained on her Facebook page that she created the piece to comment on gender issues in general.

“In Diva, I use art to dialogue with…gender issues from a female perspective combined with a cosmopocentric and anthropocentric western society,” Notari shared on her post to Facebook. “Currently these issues have become increasingly urgent. After all, it is by changing perspective of our relationship between humans and nonhuman, that will allow us to live longer on that planet and in a less unequal and catastrophic society.”

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