Bringing colour and turning heads on Westport’s streets recently was a photographic art performance by Art Student Holly Bruinette, capably assisted by the renowned Padraigh Morgan. This project was a collaboration between the students of the Art, Hairdressing, Make–Up Artistry, Photography and Film Departments in Westport College of Further Education.
The aim of this flamboyant display was to re-create some of the photographs taken of iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, famous for her dress sense, her unibrow and her self-portraits, and her husband Diego Rivera, famous for his murals depicting the working class on many landmark buildings around the world.
Both artists were pro-active in helping the Mexican revolutionaries during the early part of the last century. The couple were well photographed and a few well chosen poses were re-enacted and given a Westport twist with the help of the proprietors of Leaping Lizard, Harvest Breeze, The Gallery and Ring’s Bistro. The re-enacting of the iconic photographs can be seen in the College Exhibition in the Customs House Studios and Gallery in June.