How artists explore identity | Modern Art & Ideas

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How artists explore identity | Modern Art & Ideas 5
In this short film, see how artists Frida Kahlo, Glenn Ligon, and Andy Warhol investigate and express ideas about identity in their work.

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Great tool to explain students and introduce to self-portraits, also to apply the narrative and the life of famous people.
At the end of many ways to see the life of Frida Kahlo, they applied the technique of self- portrait, like Frida just said in the video " I paint my own reality" students drew their own self- portrait.

Author — Maria Tompkins


Great video, but why would Ligon ask how one would describe him on a missing persons poster and then associate it with slavery. how else would they find him if he was missing? Not his personality...

Author — Aariel Nigam


Will someone please help me find the song that is playing throughout the Frida section? It's killing me

Author — Declan Lewis


what an awesome video, some great editing!

Author — Michelle R. Acker


Amazing that she was famous for her husbands art but now people know her before her husband

Author — daffodil.ginseng


Let me get this straight:

Mr. Ligon asks his friends to describe him. They do so in good faith, honestly describing his characteristics as they see him, just as he requested.

Then, he CHANGES the context and meaning of all of their descriptions, and claims that due to these (altered) descriptions, somehow we've not gotten over the "language of slavery."  It's like putting words into their mouths. Or like a translator mistranslating a phrase and then complaining about what the person said.

I would wager that NOBODY whom he asked to describe him in this project described him in any derogatory way.
I'm sure that none of his friends thought of him or described him in any overtly racist or even racial way.

HE LED THEM into an unavoidable description of him which of course  described his color, or his race, or at least his physical characteristics. 

He was the one who forced slavery or race onto the context of the happening. He created the racial situation and then he cried "Foul!"

Author — Sketchpad Warrior


Ligon...great artist, great man, great potential for being, but limiting himself as the ever-so-trendy victim.  I never comment on videos, but this got to me.

Author — laro802