Now I never liked Barbie. It wasn't something my parents bought me because they knew better. It was a present from a family friend. As my parents probably expected, I'd simply tie my doll to train tracks or my road map and find painful ways for her to die. I was a girl that preferred toy cars and trucks instead of anything 'pink'. One day, I decided to give my Barbie a bob... Another, black lipstick. You might say I was a tad disturbed - a little girl aged seven, destroying rather than playing with her Barbie. But have you ever seen one up close? They're pretty scary. And I think - even back then - I resented having this symbol of 'female perfection' thrusted upon me.
So I was pretty amused to discover the ironic work of Dina Goldstein. She's a conceptual artist with a background in documentary photography. 'In the Dollhouse' is a series that plays out as a narrative, peeking into the home and marriage of the world’s most iconic dolls, Barbie, and her partner Ken. It offers a profound commentary on the transient nature of beauty, the difficulty of marriage and the importance of authenticity. Love it!