Art Gallery AFK
IN THE DOLLHOUSE
"The series plays out in a 10 part sequential narrative, photographed in a custom built adult sized dollhouse. This time Dina takes on one of the most powerful symbols of Western culture: Barbie and Ken, the beloved and idealized American couple. More than any other childhood construct, Barbie represents the concept that `Beauty´ is the apex trait and is necessary to attain power and happiness. Her co-star Ken, who has been trapped in an imposed marriage for over five decades, discovers his authentic self and finally expresses his individuality. Barbie´s fate is grim in Goldstein´s hands, as she breaks down and confronts her own value and fleeting relevance. Dina subverts the myth of 'Perfection' by means of satire, and explores the idealistic and unstable concept of 'perfection'." D.G.
“The series consists of 10 photographs depicting Disney Princesses and other Fairy Tale characters placed within a modern environment. The work examines elements of the human condition and creates metaphor out of the myths of fairy tales, forcing the viewer to contemplate real life: failed dreams, the fallacy of chasing eternal youth, obesity, Cancer, the extinction of indigenous cultures, pollution, ocean degradation and war. By embracing the textures and colors created by Walt Disney, which built a multi-billion dollar empire exploiting these fairy tales, the work questions the notion of the idealistic ' Happily Ever After' motif, composed by Disney, and spoon fed to children throughout the world.” D.G.
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ESSAYS & DISSERTATIONS
Subverting the Myth of Happiness: Dina Goldstein’s “Fallen Princesses” by Jack Zipes
Dina Goldstein’s In The Dollhouse and the Perils of Plastic Perfection by
Shooting Heroines: The Promise of Enchantment in Dina Goldstein’s Fallen Princesses by