Sleeping Beauty, 2008

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.

Over the years, Sleeping Beauty has become one of the most popular fairy tales, revisited in dozens of adaptations and retellings. Sleeping Beauty’s history can be traced back to a number of myths and traditions. The second half of the story in particular is often connected to the medieval legend of Genevieve of Brabant, a classic tale of a wife falsely accused of infidelity. Sleeping Beauty also appears to have connection to the character of Brunhild, a figure of Norse and Germanic legend whose origins usually appear as a warrior queen. The flax that causes the princess’s slumber is an element of Giambattista Basile’s version of the tale, Sun, Moon, and Talia, where the young maiden is raped while asleep and later conceives twins. Perrault’s version of Sleeping Beauty (included in his Histories ou Contes du temps passé, 1697) is basically an adaptation of Basile’s. Despite the Grimm Brothers’ reputation for gore and disturbing imagery, their version is by far the tamest of the three. The concept of a beautiful princess asleep for a hundred years captured the imagination of the Disney adaptation of Sleeping Beauty, where Aurora and Prince Phillip meet in the woods, where they sing “Once Upon A Dream” and instantly fall in love. To stage this complex tableaux Goldstein sets an elaborate scene that takes place in an old age home. She imagines what happens decades after the young and beautiful Arora does not wake up, while everyone around her naturally ages.The Prince sitting by her bedside appears forlorn, as do his loyal elderly subjects.

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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