Dina Goldstein is a contemporary photographer with a background in editorial and documentary photography. Dina constructs complex narratives that utilize fictional and archetypal characters to define and contextualize pop culture today. For Dina photography is intended not to produce an aesthetic that echoes current beauty standards, but to evoke and wrest feelings of shame, anger, shock and empathy from the observer, as to inspire insight into the human condition. Goldstein independently produces large-scale allegorical photographic tableaux series that are philosophical, satirical, and visually stunning.
The Fallen Princesses, series was born out of deep personal pain, inspiring Dina to critically examine the “happily ever after” motif that we are spoon fed since childhood. The series creates metaphor out of the myths of fairy tales, forcing the viewer to contemplate real life: failed dreams, addiction, obesity, Cancer, the extinction of indigenous culture, pollution, war and the fallacy of chasing eternal youth.
By embracing the textures and colours created by Walt Disney, which built a multi-billion dollar empire exploiting these fairy tales, Fallen Princesses exposes the consumerism that has negated the value of these ancient parables. The series was first exhibited in 2009, and gained much attention in the press and online. Today the Fallen Princesses are shown internationally and continue to go ‘viral’.
The Fallen Princesses are works that place Fairy Tale characters in modern day scenarios. Each Princess is placed in an environment that articulates her conflict. The Disneyfied ‘…happily ever after’ is replaced with a realistic outcome and addresses current issues.