Snowy, 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.

The original story of Snow White is taken from a 19th-century German folk tale, by the Brothers Grimm, published in ‘Grimm’s Fairy Tales’, 1812. The Grimms completed their final revision of the story, Schneewittchen, in 1854. The fairy tale features such elements as a magic mirror, a poisoned apple, a glass coffin, and the characters of the Evil Queen and the Seven Dwarfs. In 1937 the story was adapted by Disney as Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs. In Dina Goldstein’s photographic tableaux ‘Snowy’, the fairytale is subverted and no sight of the happy ever after ending perpetuated by Disney. Snowy and her Prince encounter difficult times after losing their wealth and the kingdom. The couple navigate through a middle-class existence, while the Prince spirals into a depression and is unable to work. Snowy, now a mother of four little children, is left with all of the household duties and child rearing responsibilities.

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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