"Viva Frida is neither a biography, nor an essay, nor a novel, but all of these at once. The first image that comes to mind is that of a series of "tableaux vivants". Each chapter of my book features this woman artist, a lover of freedom, caught in the intimacy of her life. We choose her clothes and jewellery with her, we watch her photography sessions. We follow her through the streets of Coyoacán. We accompany her to New York, to Paris.
We are present when she meets Diego Rivera, Trotsky, Tina Modotti, when she castigates Breton and the Surrealists. We suffer and laugh at her side. We hear her swear, sing, invent words. She talks to us about her painting, her doubts, and draws us into her immense joie de vivre. In a tone of confidence, she tells us what the Mexican revolution, blood, the hospital, religion and death mean to her, opening wide the doors to the "terrible beauty" of her universe.
At the end of this travel book, no aspect of Frida's life and her painting will have been ignored. This is the very heart of this book: Frida Kahlo only paints what she lives."
Éditions JC Lattès