Tres Fridas

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$5,572 raised of $4,700 goal
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This project will only be funded if $4,700 is contributed to 3Arts by July 27, 2019, 11:59PM
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In a Nutshell

STRETCH GOAL! Thanks to everyone who helped us reach our initial goal! Now we’re aiming to raise an additional $4,000. Since we started this project in 2014 we have documented everything with the goal of creating a film to share our process and journeys as artists with disabilities. The additional funding will be used to hire a cinematographer and film editor to help us complete the film! The goal of this campaign is to raise funds to exhibit the Tres Fridas project at Bridgeport Arts Center in Chicago during the month of September 2019. Tres Fridas is a collaboration between myself, Mariam Pare, and Tara Ahern. We are women and artists with disabilities who deeply relate to Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. A few years ago we recreated Kahlo’s famous painting Dos Fridas featuring us sitting in our wheelchairs in order to share a message about the human experience of disability. The success of this piece led us to recreate other notable images of art and history that substitute the subjects with people with disabilities. We created these images to redress the way mainstream society views disability, to humanize it. We want to change perspectives and reveal to everyone who sees our exhibit how differences add value to our communities. We did this to create awareness and inclusivity. This project has given us the opportunity to meet and collaborate with many other artists with disabilities in Chicago and build a stronger community among us all. Now we have a full series and an opportunity to exhibit the work to a wider public. Funds raised through this campaign will be used to help cover gallery fees, printing and framing costs, installation, and ADA services to offer an inclusive experience to attendees of all abilities. Most importantly, this project is an opportunity for us to challenge and change perceptions about disability.

The Full Story...

I first met Mariam Pare online in 2013. Mariam is a mouth painter who was injured and paralyzed from the chest down from a gunshot. I was paralyzed in a car accident. Without ever meeting in person, we bonded through art, injury, and a deep connection to Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

Mariam and I often discussed how people with disabilities are not seen as equal and are defined as objects of inspiration, shame, fear, or pity. In 2014 we decided to recreate the painting Dos Fridas using photography, making our own costumes, and inserting ourselves in the image sitting in our wheelchairs. This was the first time we met in person even though we lived less than an hour away from one another.

It was important for our process and voice to include a photographer who was a woman with a disability as well. My long-time friend, photographer and disability advocate Tara Ahern, connected to the project through her own experience as a woman with muscular dystrophy and scoliosis, as well as a shared love of Frida. Soon all three of us began to recreate other iconic images in art and history. The collection includes recreations of such iconic works as Dos Fridas, Mona Lisa, Rosie the RiveterThe Last Supper, Whistler’s Mother, Old Guitarist, and others, all with the subjects as people with disabilities.

After working on this project for five years, with your support through this campaign, we are ready to exhibit our work in September 2019 at the Bridgeport Arts Center. 

Thank yous

Contribute any amount or choose from the levels below.

  • $25 - Social media shout-out
    ($25.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $50 - Above, plus your name listed as a contributor in a printed exhibition brochure
    ($50.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $100 - Above, plus a thank you card with a drawing created by Reveca, Mariam, or Tara
    ($100.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $250 - Above, plus a private tour of the exhibition
    ($250.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $500 - Above, plus Reveca, Tara, and Mariam will take you out for a cup of coffee and conversation
    ($470.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $750 - Above, plus a "Dos Fridas" art print (10x10)
    ($670.00 is tax deductible.)
Reveca Torres image
Reveca Torres was injured and paralyzed in a car accident at the age of 13. After completing degrees in Fashion Design and Theatre Arts, Reveca worked as a costume designer ...
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