This piece was first published on The Sisterhood blog at the Forward.
Dina Goldstein’s “Fallen Princesses” is having another moment. You may have seen the collection of photographs when they debuted in 2009. But if not, don’t worry. In the last couple of days, Facebook and Twitter feeds have been stuffed with links to numerous articles and blog posts about the project. According to the Tel Aviv-born and Vancouver-based conceptual artist and photographer, this is the third time that “Fallen Princesses,” which takes an ironic look at children’s parables, has gone viral.
“I don’t really know what happened, but there seem to be new eyes looking at it,” Goldstein told the Sisterhood. “The work clearly has a visceral effect,” she continued about the images that imagine what might have really happened after the happy endings of various fairytales and Disney movies.
Snow White ends up a harried suburban housewife, Cinderella a lush slumped over a drink in a bar, and Jasmine an Islamic militant. Pocahontas trades the colors of the wind for a house full of cats, Sleeping Beauty’s handsome prince ages in a senior home as he waits for her to wake up, and Belle from “Beauty and the Beast” gets addicted to plastic surgery. Little Red Riding Hood ends up fighting a serious weight problem, and Rapunzel appears completely bald, having lost her long, beautiful tresses to chemotherapy.
Click here to read more and view a slideshow of the “Fallen Princesses” photos.
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