Ariel, 2009

From the series “Fallen Princesses”, (2007 – 2009)

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.

The Little Mermaid is a fairy tale of Danish origin and was originally conceived by writer Hans Christian Andersen. He published The Little Mermaid in 1837 as a part of a larger collection titled Fairy Tales Told for Children. Unlike the Disney film, where Ariel’s charming transformation from fish to human was painless, in the original story not only she is voiceless like in the film but every step to become human causes her agony; the sea-witch describes it as “walking on knives.” Ariel gives everything up to be human and be with her love interest a Prince. Goldstein sees a more likely and sorrowful outcome after the beautiful mermaid is captured and put on display at an aquarium. She becomes the object of curiosities similar to a freak circus performer. The visiting school boy’s interaction with her indicates his acknowledgement and empathy towards her.

With this series Dina Goldstein achieved her international breakthrough in the art market. The series brought Goldstein numerous TV appearances and contributions and made her famous in a short time.

Watch here a few examples:
Fanny Kiefer Show
German TV
Spain Mega TV
CBS ART Canada


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