“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.” – Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo once wrote that she imagined that there must be people out there who felt as strange as she did. Night of 1,000 Frida’s was an opportunity for people around D.C. — and around the world — to embrace the wonderful strangeness of Frida Kahlo.
Night of 1,000 Frida’s was the brainchild of Theodore Carter, a street artist and writer based in Takoma Park. He hoped to enlist both professional artists and Frida fans worldwide to create 1,000 depictions of her to display simultaneously in public places on January 25, 2019. Why do this at all? Carter offered six reasons:
- Frida was an amazing artist who led an inspiring life.
- To encourage everyone of all ages and abilities to create art.
- To bring art into public spaces.
- To create community.
- To see if we can.
- 1,000 public images of a bisexual Latina communist revolutionary could do the world some good right now.
And create community he did. Two hundred and fifty collaborators in 15 countries signed on to participate and last Friday, there were Frida-themed exhibits and events in five states, as well as five locations in the District.
Participants included everyone from prominent D.C. artists like Lisa Marie Thalhammer to former NFL quarterback Todd Marinovich. While organizing the event, Carter cast a wide and inclusive net. As he told The Washington Post, to “anyone who wants to do anything, I say yes.” And, on Friday night, tributes both formal and informal sprung up everywhere.
“1,000 public images of a bisexual Latina communist revolutionary could do the world some good right now.” – Theodore Carter
Artists and fans gathered at The Line Hotel to make their own Frida creations. Later, they adorned Adams Morgan’s Unity Park…
“I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.” – Frida Kahlo