DINA GOLDSTEIN b. 1969 Tel Aviv, Israel
Dina is a photographer and Pop Surrealist with a background in editorial and documentary photography. For Dina photography is intended not to produce an aesthetic that echoes current beauty standards, but to evoke and wrest feelings of shame, anger, shock and empathy from the observer as to inspire insight into the human condition. Dina independently produces large-scale tableau photographic series that are philosophical, satirical, technical and visually stunning.
Dina’s experience as a documentary photographer complements her conceptual series — they inform each other technically and creatively. From her more candid work, she has learned that spontaneity and a lack of control are sources of inspiration. This has inspired trust in her instincts to nurture the most fleeting of concepts. For example, Fallen Princesses series was born in 2007 out of deep personal pain, when she raged against the “happily ever after” motif we are spoon fed since childhood. The series creates metaphor out of the myths of fairy tales, forcing the viewer to contemplate real life: failed dreams, addiction, obesity, Cancer, the extinction of indigenous culture, pollution, war and the fallacy of chasing eternal youth. By embracing the textures and colors created by Walt Disney, which built a multi-billion dollar empire exploiting these fairy tales, Fallen Princesses exposes the consumerism that has negated the morality of these ancient parables. It also begs the question, “How do we define the concept of ‘good’? and how do we live a ‘good’ life?”
In The Dollhouse, 2012 plays out in a 10 part sequential narrative, photographed in a custom built adult sized dollhouse. This time Dina takes on one of the most powerful symbols of Western culture: Barbie and Ken, the beloved and idealized American couple. More than any other childhood construct, Barbie represents the concept that `Beauty´ is the apex trait and is necessary to attain power and happiness. Her co-star Ken, who has been trapped in an imposed marriage for over three decades, discovers his authentic self and finally expresses his individuality. Barbie’s fate is grim in Goldstein’s hands, as she breaks down and confronts her own value and fleeting relevance.
Dina’s most recent work is Gods Of Suburbia, 2014.
Dina’s work is exhibited in galleries and museums internationally. Her images have been recognized for their metaphorical and ironical messages. Highly controversial, they have garnered coverage in magazines and newspapers around the globe and continuously create dialogue within social media platforms. The projects has been subject to many written essays, dissertations, and mentioned in various literature. Dina’s pieces are studied and taught in art schools, photography programs, gender and feminist courses. Dina is often invited to exhibit her work and speak to large groups.
Dina lives in Vancouver with her filmmaker husband, Jonas Quastel, her two young daughters, Jordan and Zoe, and their dog Taco.
Awards & Recognitions
2016 Sony Awards Short List
2016 Arte Laguna, Photographic Selection
2013 International Color Awards
2012 Selected Artist, Art Basel
2011 Arte Laguna Special Prize Winner, India residency
2011 Art Takes Miami / Art Basel Top 100 picks
2009 American Photography Annual 25
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