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Gods of Suburbia

Gods of Suburbia

by Dina Goldstein

"When they are among us they suffer like we do."

A Few Words About Gods of Suburbia

Superiority fades away when we allow them to experience the mundane.

GODS OF SUBURBIA

This collection examines the personas of ordinary individuals amidst the backdrop of suburban life. Through a striking series of photographs, Goldstein challenges the notions of contemporary mythology, juxtaposing iconic gods and goddesses from various cultures with the mundane reality of suburban existence. This thought-provoking collection peels back the layers of our culture, revealing the aspirations, struggles, and desires of modern society against a backdrop that is both familiar and surreal.

In this series, Goldstein prompts viewers to question the significance and relevance of ancient myths and deities in our present-day lives, highlighting the contemporary yearning for identity, power, and purpose within the ordinary routines of suburban life. The clash between the mythological and the commonplace brings to light the universal human quest for meaning and the desire to transcend the confines of the everyday. “Gods of Suburbia” challenges preconceived notions about divinity and prompts a deeper reflection on the intricacies of the human condition in the modern world.

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GODS OF SUBURBIA

2007-2009 – Pigment on archival paper, limited to 40 copies (all sizes included)

Making of Gods of Suburbia collection

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In The Dollhouse

In The Dollhouse

by Dina Goldstein

"Life wasn't supposed to be this hard for Barbie"

A Few Words About In The Dollhouse

The tale that unravels their imposed relationship shows us that pretending can only go so far.

IN THE DOLLHOUSE

Women’s realities and societal pressures are hidden in a world dominated by constructed ideals of beauty and femininity. Goldstein’s collection “In The Dollhouse” deconstructs the façade of domestic perfection by presenting scenes where iconic dolls, such as Barbie, grapple with issues like aging, body image, and societal expectations. Through her lens, Goldstein provides a critical commentary on the superficial standards imposed on women, shedding light on the toll these expectations can take on one’s mental and emotional well-being.

The collection challenges conventional perceptions of femininity and the roles women are expected to play, all while utilizing the symbolism of dolls, a potent representation of societal ideals and cultural conditioning. Goldstein’s thought-provoking imagery underscores the need for a more inclusive and accepting society that values individuals beyond their outward appearances, encouraging a reevaluation of societal norms and a shift towards embracing diversity and authenticity. “In The Dollhouse” serves as a powerful reminder to question the narrow beauty standards that limit women, urging us to celebrate uniqueness and reject the pressure to conform to unrealistic portrayals.

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IN THE DOLLHOUSE

2012 – Pigment on archival paper, limited to 40 copies (all sizes included)

Making of In the Dollhouse collection

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Fallen Princesses

Fallen Princesses

by Dina Goldstein

"Modern day princesses in a not so fairy-tale land"

A Few Words About Fallen Princesses

Seeing the reality of the lives of contemporary women and their struggles.

FALLEN PRINCESSES

“Fallen Princesses” by photographer Dina Goldstein is a captivating and thought-provoking collection that offers a contemporary twist to timeless fairy tale characters. Goldstein skillfully brings these princesses into the real world, confronting the often harsh realities of modern life. The juxtaposition of the magical and the mundane, where beloved princesses grapple with issues like illness, environmental degradation, divorce, and societal pressures, challenges the idealized notions perpetuated by traditional tales. Through her photography, Goldstein raises important questions about societal expectations, gender roles, and the resilience of women in the face of adversity, inviting viewers to reconsider preconceived notions and appreciate the strength it takes to navigate the complexities of today’s society.

Each photograph within “Fallen Princesses” serves as a poignant narrative, illuminating the multidimensional struggles that women face beyond the enchanting stories. By deconstructing these fairy tales and placing the princesses in contemporary settings, Goldstein offers a raw and honest portrayal of the challenges women endure, fostering a deeper understanding of the complex roles they play in society. The collection prompts us to reflect on the enduring impact of these iconic characters and the importance of acknowledging and addressing the real-world issues that affect women from all walks of life.

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FALLEN PRINCESSES

2008-2010 – Pigment on archival paper, limited to 40 copies (all sizes included)