Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Fallen but not quite Forgotten

These photos were taken for a project on "Fallen Princesses" by Dina Goldstein. She says: "These works place Fairy Tale characters in modern day scenarios. In all of the images the Princess is placed in an environment that articulates her conflict. The '...happily ever after' is replaced with a realistic outcome and addresses current issues."

While this project is a great idea in theory, I don't think Goldstein put enough effort into cementing her jabs. Specifically, the Jasmine and Little Red Riding Hood photos have caused a great amount of controversy on the internet because their messages are so unclear. Is Jasmine supposed to be a terrorist or a soldier? Why is she the only Princess to have a photo centered around race? The Little Red Riding Hood photo could have gone in so many directions. A pedophilia centered photo would have been more appropriate. Is she reinforcing the stereotype that fat people are only fat because they eat junk food?

Personally, my favorite of the bunch is the Snow White photo. It has the most direct agenda and I've often pictured Snow White in that very setting.

What do you guys and gals think? You can read the actual article here and read more commentary about the project at Bitch Magazine.

Belle is working hard to stay beautiful.

Jasmine is fighting...something?

Little Red isn't so little.

Chemo has taken its toll on Rapunzel's long golden locks.

Cinderella lost her slipper in that shot glass.

Snow White should have stayed with her little friends in the forest.

1 comment:

Alexa said...

Totally agreed that Snow white is the strongest. Belle is also getting a lot of attention, but maybe I'm not responding to it because it's just so damn hard to look at (which is part of the point).