The Strange Fairytales of Dina Goldstein

Fairytales explain the nuances of our behaviour in a fun, but sometimes grisly way..DV

Fairytales are all around us, underpinning so many movies and games, it’s little wonder that we identify with them so readily. Like little parables they explain the weird and wonderful nuances of our behaviour to us in a fun, but sometimes grisly way.

Try reading the fairytales of the aptly named Brothers Grimm and you’ll be convinced of the deviancy of humanity and the inevitability of an ambiguous ending.

Dina Goldstein’s photographs push the boundaries of those twisted visions several steps further with sly humour and a keen eye for modern mythology.

Pocahontas sits alone except for her many cats, who bask in the glow of the television.DV

Her images range in subject matter from the popular fairy stories, like the evergreen Cinderella to modern situations, like in “The Dream”, where a man and a woman are depicted in bed, both dreaming of the same hero sweeping them away in his arms.

The humour shines through, as Pocahontas sits alone at home, finally become a couch potato, accompanied only by her many cats, prowling along the sofa and basking on the carpet in the glow of the television.

© Dina GOLDSTEIN, Pocahontas, 2010, by courtesy of OPIOM Gallery - The Strange Fairytales Of Dina Goldstein

© Dina GOLDSTEIN, Pocahontas, 2010, by courtesy of OPIOM Gallery

Meanwhile, poor Snow White is stuck at home with a lazy prince who watches the horse racing on TV, while she juggles two babies, two toddlers and a dog who litters the carpet. Understandably, she looks glum.

Whether it be popular heroes of secular fairytales, Disney Princesses, leading Mattel Inc. dolls, or more recently, religious icons, Goldstein offers her own uncompromising suggestion of what life post-happy ending could be in a contemporary time. (Opiom Gallery)

© Dina GOLDSTEIN, Red Riding Hood, 2008, courtesy of OPIOM Gallery The Strange Fairytales Of Dina Goldstein

© Dina GOLDSTEIN, Red Riding Hood, 2008, courtesy of OPIOM Gallery

The contemporaneity of the images is refreshing and, well, fun. Let’s take our morality tales with a lump of sugar… or maybe a whole box of chocolates.

© Dina GOLDSTEIN, Snowy, 2008, by courtesy of OPIOM Gallery - The Strange Fairytales Of Dina Goldstein

© Dina GOLDSTEIN, Snowy, 2008, by courtesy of OPIOM Gallery

See Dina Goldstein’s Fallen Princesses (hosted by Opiom Gallery, in partnership with Playtime Project) from 9th July – 27th August 2015
Exhibition held at: La Médiathèque de Mouans Sartoux

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Main Photograph: © Dina GOLDSTEIN, Ariel, 2008, by courtesy of OPIOM Gallery