Dina Goldstein’s Fallen Princesses is narrative photography and social commentary with Disney Princesses and fairytale characters, set in modern times. Includes Snow White, Cinderella, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Sleeping Beauty, Red Riding Hood, Belle and Princess Pea.
Fallen Princesses 2007-2009, 10 piece series that features fairy tale characters dealing with modern day scourges such as poverty, Cancer, addiction, obesity and disillusionment. The works challenge the “happily ever after” motif embraced by Western society and exploited by Walt Disney. By incorporating Disney-esque textures and colors, Fallen Princesses exposes the consumerism that has negated the true intentions of these ancient parables. Since the series debut in 2009 the Princesses have received much attention online and in the press. The series is exhibited internationally, and studied within gender courses, art and photography programs. The Fallen Princesses are also included in elementary school textbooks, as teaching tools and the subjects of discourse within the classroom.
Snowy and her Prince have recently lost their kingdom. Now they must adjust to 'normal life' without extravagance and domestic help. Snowy is overwhelmed by her young children and Prince is out of work and depressed. Like many women today Snowy is stressed and worries about her future.
Fallen Princesses, SNOWY, 2008
Cinder and Charles have been trying to have a baby for years. Cinder's inability to conceive has been a major source of disappointment, frustration, and even shame. It's the one thing she hasn't succeeded at. What will happen if she fails to produce an heir? She nurtures a secret and an increasingly serious alcohol addiction. She finds a distant dive bar to drink away her worries.
Fallen Princesses, CINDER, 2007
The girl with the golden tresses who was once confined to an ivory tower is now trapped in a different sort of isolating circumstance, the personal battle with Cancer. Rapunzel is afraid of what her incapacity would do to Edward, she hides this from him and initially from her friends. As she attends chemotherapy sessions, her hair begins to fall out, and while Edward doesn't notice this (because he is blind) her friends do. Her friends want to help their suffering friend , some are steadfast and stand by her side. Some shy away based on their ignorance and fear.
Fallen Princesses, RAPUNZEL, 2008
Having spent her childhood taking treats to grandma's house, Red has made it her life's work to always put others first. The one and only way Red gives to herself is by consuming large, indulgent portions of fast food. She does it often, and it shows in her physique. She is beautiful, but carries with her the baggage of the emotionally underfed: melancholy, shy, and overweight.
Fallen Princesses, RED, 2008
Hyper-sensitive to her environment and the state of the planet, Pea is a full-time activist who has dedicated her life to ecological causes. She rejected the opulence of her royal lifestyle along with her self-indulgent husband.
Fallen Princesses, PRINCESS PEA, 2009
Princess Jasmine stands fierce and tall holding up a machine gun on the frontline of war.
Fallen Princesses, JASMINE, 2009
Sleeping Beauty remains in a slumber for decades as everyone around her ages. Her Prince, now elderly and at the seniors home, remains hopeful that she may wake up one day soon.
Fallen Princesses, SLEEPING BEAUTY, 2008
Ariel, a beautiful mermaid has been captured and displayed at the aquarium. The young boy, on a school trip, empathizes with her predicament as they both connect through the glass.
Fallen Princesses, ARIEL, 2009
Long ago, Pocahontas gave up the wilderness to wait at home for the return of her English adventurer-lover, John Smith. Now a hardcore recluse, she has checked out of society completely, rarely venturing into the big, bad world outside anymore. Her cabin sits on the edge of the suburbia and has become more than a sanctuary; it is now her prison. Her only company multiple cats and a dog.
Fallen Princesses, POCAHONTAS, 2009
Quite literally the Belle of every ball, Belle was always the most beautiful princess in a sea of beautiful princesses, and when she married her beast, she expected life to continue on as it had been – surrounded by fawning male admirers and jealous female second fiddles. Unfortunately this Princess is not immune to the effects of aging, having multiple surgeries and procedures to keep up her good looks and moral.