An art work recently shown at BYU's Museum of Art has gone viral on the Internet. It's a kick in the head when greater hipdom gets wise to subversive contemporary work that's already old news at America's “most stone-cold sober campus.”
Vancouver photographer Dina Goldstein, guided by her daughter and mother's mixed experiences with happy endings, explored an alternate history of Snow White in suburbia.
The photo was just one work in a edgy exhibition We Could Be Heroes: The Mythology of Monsters and Heroes in Contemporary Art at BYUMOA, where Contemporary Art Curator Jeff Lambson is making Utahns rethink their stereotypes, even as it applies to his own institution.
“The two events collided and made me wonder what a princess would look like if she had to battle a disease, struggle financially or deal with aging,” Goldstein told Cargoh. “Naturally they would have to deal with challenges that all modern woman face.”
The result is a series of provocative images of Disney "Fallen Princesses" that show Cinderella as an alcoholic, Snow White as an exhausted mom in an unhappy marriage, and Belle a plastic surgery addict, among others.
“Good art creates conversation and discussion so I’m really pleased that my work has sparked some controversy,” Goldstein says.