Dina Goldstein (born 1969) is a visual artist based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She is a photographer and pop surrealist with a background in documentary photography. Goldstein creates tableau with a nuanced visual language that places the mundane and everyday in unusual settings to inspire insight into the human condition. She is most known for her series "Fallen Princesses", created in 2007, which depicts humanized Disney Princesses placed in realistic, modern scenarios. The series envisions how the lives of these famous characters would have played out in the real world, and touches on such everyday scourges as poverty, obesity, cancer and pollution. Goldstein was awarded the Arte Laguna special prize in 2012. In 2014, Goldstein won the grand prize at Prix Virginia; her work was exhibited in Paris, France.
Early life and education
Goldstein was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, and in 1976 emigrated to Canada. Goldstein studied art history and photography at Langara college in Vancouver, B.C., and completed her studies in 1993.
Goldstein's career in photography started with photojournalism and documentary work (1993–2000), she went on to photograph editorial and commissioned work for magazines and advertising agencies (2000–2009). Her first public exhibition was Images of Gaza (2001), a series of black and white portraits of people living in the West Bank and Gaza.
'Fallen Princesses' (2009)
Goldstein's first large scale tableau series Fallen Princesses debuted publicly in 2009. The series was exhibited in numerous galleries, at group show at BYU Museum of Art, and in the Musée De La Femme in Quebec, Canada in 2013.
The series consists of 10 photographs depicting Disney Princesses and other Fairy Tale characters placed within a modern environment. The work examines elements of the human condition and creates metaphor out of the myths of fairy tales, forcing the viewer to contemplate real life: failed dreams, the fallacy of chasing eternal youth, obesity, Cancer, the extinction of indigenous cultures, pollution, ocean degradation and war. By embracing the textures and colors created by Walt Disney, which built a multibillion-dollar empire exploiting these fairy tales, the work questions the notion of the idealistic ' Happily Ever After' motif, composed by Disney, and spoon fed to children throughout the world.
'In the Dollhouse' (2012)
In a series of large-format photographic tableaus, Goldstein creates a storyline for the Barbie and Ken dolls, using real-life models. Trapped in a loveless marriage, Ken struggles with his sexuality.Using sequential story-telling, Goldstein creates a bright, plastic, pop-surrealist narrative. "The series unfolds a tragicomic tale of the perils of being plastic and the potential for salvation through authenticity. Barbie gets the short end of that stick – in Goldstein’s telling of her story, she endures psychological dysfunction, an emotional breakdown, a really bad haircut and, ultimately, decapitation. Ken finds his authenticity and finally realizes true happiness".
'Gods of Suburbia' (2014)
"Gods of Suburbia is Goldstein’s third large-scale project. The work is a visual analysis of religious faith within the context of the modern forces of technology, science and secularism. The series plays with narrative and religious iconography in order to communicate how organized belief has become twisted within a global framework driven by consumerism and greed"
By constructing a cosmetic reality, one that mirrors our own, Goldstein doesn't evade discussion, but rather creates it. In doing so, Gods and deities, believed to be too sacred for criticism, are personified and whose religious practices contradict their dogma".
'Modern Girl' (2016)
Modern Girl 2016, Inspired by Chinese advertising posters of the 1930’s, Modern Girl examines identity, gender roles, diasporic cultures, and consumerism. By re-imagining iconic Chinese advertisements to critique the beauty, health and wellness industries, Modern Girl investigates how traditional gender roles, and individualistic consumer values have constructed and used women’s bodies to market and sell products. According to Goldstein, the visual source inspiration of 1930’s Chinese advertising posters is central in capturing the tensions of past traditions and the push for modernity: “The breaking away from filial tradition in this era saw the emergence of Asian women coming into their individuality,” says Goldstein. “At the same time, modern gender roles and expectations opened the door to exploit the female form for marketing and advertising campaigns."
- 2016 Sony Awards Short list - (http://worldphoto.org/images/image-gallery/31760/)
- 2016 Arte Laguna, Photographic Selection - (http://www.artelagunaprize.com/archive/10th-edition/first-selection-results#videoart)
- 2014 Prix Virginia, Paris, France Grand Prize
- 2013 International Color Awards, Fine Art Finalist
- 2012 The Big F Award, Framed Awards
- 2012 Selected for Art Basel
- 2011 Arte Laguna Special Prize Winner
- 2009 Popular Photography, reader’s competition
- 2009 International Color Awards, Fine Art Finalist
- 2008 1st Place ‘Magazine Cover Art’, Applied Arts Magazine
- 2006 Nominee, ‘David Screams’, Black and White Spider Awards
- 2006 1st Place, ‘Ice Cream’, International Colour Awards
- 2004 1st Place, ‘Hands’, Applied Arts Magazine
- 2004 1st Place, ‘Trackrecord Exhibit Poster’ Applied Arts Magazine
- 2003 3rd Place, ‘Trackrecord Exhibit Poster’, Nikon PDN awards
- 2003 Top 10 Ice Cream Photo Life Magazine
- 2002 Nominee, ‘Manifesto of Fun’, Western Magazine Awards
- 2001 Nominee, ‘Home Wrecked’, Western Magazine Awards
- 1999 Nominee, ‘Dig It’, Western Magazine Awards
Solo and group exhibitions
- Group, Leaves from the Garden Of Eden: One Hundred Classic Jewish Tales, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco. "Curator: Pierre-François Galpin"
- Festival, Daegu Photo Biennale, Daegu South Korea. "Curator: Issack Kim"
- Solo, Palazzo Flangini, Venice, Italy. Curator: Galleria Bianca Maria Rizzi
- Solo, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, Mesa, Arizona. Curator: Tiffany Fairall"
- Group, Once Upon in A Fairy Tale, Mart Photography Centre Yekaterinberg, Russia. Curator: Artem Berkovich
- Solo, Dina Goldstein, Modern Girl, Virginie Barrou Planquart, Paris, France. Curator: Virginie Barrou Planquart
- Solo, Gods Of Suburbia, Capture Photo Festival, Vancouver. Curator: Kim Spencer-Nairn
- Group, The Girl Next Door, Haarlem, Holland
- Group, Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Palm Springs, USA
- Solo, Collections, Central Dupon, Paris, France
- Festival, Gods Of Suburbia, Art Souterrain, Montreal, Quebec. Curator: Raymond Cantin
- "Solo, In The Dollhouse, Rize Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland. Curator: Immechien Bonnet
- Solo, Gods Of Suburbia, Madison Gallery, CA, USA. Curator: Lorna York
- Festival, Fallen Princesses, Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie En Gaspesie, Quebec, Canada. Curator: Claude Goulet.
- Solo, Fallen Princesses, Playtime Productions and Opiom Gallery- Public Exhibition, Mediathèque, Mouans-Sartoux, France. Curator: Hélène Girault
- Festival, In the Dollhouse, Fotografica Bogota Bianal- Photography Museum Colombia. Museum Director: Gilma Suárez
- Solo, In the Dollhouse and Fallen Princesses, Prix Virginia Overall winner, Paris, France: Jury Curated Organizers: Marie Descourtieux and Sylvia Schildge
- Festival, Fallen Princesses,Rencontres Internationales De La Photographie En Gaspésie, Quebec, Canada Jury Curated: Festival Director, Claude Goulet
- Group, Gods Of Suburbia, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, India. Curator: Igor Zanti / Arte Laguna
- Catalogue Inclusion, In The Dollhouse, Musée d'Orsay Paris, France, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Catalogue Curator: Marie-Paule Vial, Director. Musée de l'Orangerie
- Solo, XX, 20 Year Retrospective, Capture Photo Festival, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
- Festival, In The Dollhouse, Capture Photo Festival, Kimoto Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Curator: Katsumi Kimoto
- Solo, In The Dollhouse, Art Mur Gallery, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Curator: Rheal Lanthier
- Group, Works On Paper, Papier 13, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Curator: Committee Papier 13
- Solo, Fallen Princesses, Musee Femme, Quebec Traveling exhibition, Curator: Marie-Eve Desautels
- Group, Fallen Princesses, Brigham Young University Museum of Art, We Could Be Heros, Utah, U.S.A. Curator: Jeff Lambson
- Group, Fallen Princesses, OUT / OFF - Mumbai, India Curator: Kanchi Mehta, Chameleon Art Projects
- Group, Fallen Princesses, Venice Arsenale, Arte Laguna, Venice, Italy, Curator: Igor Zanti
- Group, Fallen Princesses, Please Lie to Me, Art Mûr's 15th Anniversary
- Festival, Fallen Princesses, Bielsko-Biala FotoArt Festival, Poland, Curator: Inez Baturo
- Solo, Fallen Princesses, Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Curator: Barrie Mowatt
- Solo, Trackrecord, Gallery L’Opera, 2004 Paris, France, Curator: Guy Berube
- Solo, Trackrecord, Pendulum Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
- Group, David, Exposure Gallery, Vancouver, B.C. Curator: Ian McGuffie
- Solo, Images of Gaza, Naamat Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel Sidney and Gertrude Gallery, Vancouver, B.C
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Goldstein lives in East Vancouver with her filmmaker husband, Jonas Quastel. She two daughters, Jordan and Zoe.