Dina Goldstein “Gods, Princesses and Presidents” Viewing Room on Artsy

10 December 2021 – 17 February 2022

OPUS IN ARTEM presents
Dina Goldstein – Gods, Princesses and Presidents

in a Viewing Room on Artsy

This Viewing Room of Canadian-Israeli photographer Dina Goldstein presents a selection of works taken from three series of work. The “Fallen Princesses” (2007-2009) established Goldstein’s global fame and marked her shift from photojournalism into the established art market. Other works are from the series “Gods of Suburbia” (2014) and “The 10 Commandments” from 2018.

 

Dina Goldstein creates large-scale photographic tableau that combine stunning imagery combined with social critique. Goldstein constructs complex narratives that examine archetypes embodied by fictional characters to contextualise mass culture.

 

In addition to its aesthetic qualities, Goldstein’s work functions as a sociological study in how it questions the artificial and constructed values pop culture injects into our society. Highly controversial, Dina Goldstein’s projects continuously create debate and dialogue internationally within social media platforms, in magazines and newspapers. Her work has been addressed through numerous essays, dissertations, and in art journalism leading to these projects being studied and taught in art schools, photography programs, and within Gender and feminist studies.

 

“Gods of Suburbia” is a visual analysis of religious faith situated within a context of the modern forces of technology, science and secularism. The series plays with narrative punctuated by religious iconography in order to communicate how organised belief has become entangled in a global framework driven by consumerism and greed. The project challenges the viewer—religious or secular—to embark on a journey of self-reflection as they contemplate the relevance of dogma in our moment.

 

In the series of the “Fallen Princesses,” Goldstein places Disney Princesses and other Fairy Tale characters within a modern environment. The work examines elements of the human condition and generates a metaphor out of the combined myths of fairy tales that forces a viewer to contemplate real life in a myriad of dimensions: failed dreams, the fallacy of chasing eternal youth, obesity, Cancer, the extinction of indigenous cultures, pollution, ocean degradation and war.

 

“The 10 commandments” series aligns different U.S. presidents with one of the Ten Commandments. Goldstein hopes the images will produce ‘visual shock, incongruity, irony and metaphor to inspire discourse and insight into how American society has gone so astray.’