Within Limits

Within Limits

Disabled bodies are, in and of themselves enormously resourceful and adaptive and this essay argues that the creative experience of impediment and limitation has a lot to teach the able-bodied creative world. Taking Frida Kahlo's spectacular wardrobe as a starting point,  this strongly-argued piece challenges narcissistic and unsustainable ideas of unlimited creative freedom with the instructive wisdom of limitation.

 Prosthetic leg with leather boot. Museo Frida Kahlo. Photograph Javier Hinojosa. © Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo Archives, Banco de México, Fiduciary of the Trust of the Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo Museums.

Words Kate Davies. Photography and illustration Tom Barr © Makadu Press 2019