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Dolling up the lens: Barbie
A curated international photography exhibition
December 14, 2023 – January 6, 2024
The Barbie phenomenon, spanning over six decades, has left an indelible mark on our culture. It has been a source of inspiration, sparking imaginations, while also evoking strong criticism for its potential impact on body image, self-perception, and identity. Unlike traditional dolls, Barbie emerged as an adult figure, presenting a complete spectrum of allure and sexuality, thus embodying a symbol of beauty and desire. Barbie’s world-building transcended mere play; it resembled the art of theater production and film direction, akin to the creative process behind staged photography. Barbie, in her own right, can be seen as an early physical avatar, foreshadowing the virtual avatars prevalent in today’s digital realm. Even contemporary video games draw upon the imaginative foundations laid by Barbie. In this call, we invite photographers to explore the multifaceted world of Barbie, embracing both its positive and critical dimensions. Our upcoming exhibition will proudly feature the works of two distinguished anchor artists, Luca Gőbölyös (https://lucagobolyos.net) and Suzanne Nagy (http://www.suzannenagy.net) alongside carefully curated selections from the submissions we receive.
Contest Prize & TERMS
COPYRIGHT: All copyrights and ownership of the works are retained by the photographer. USAGE RIGHTS: By entering, entrants automatically accept the conditions of the competition; they grant PH21 Gallery nonexclusive right to use and reproduce submitted photographs (with the name of the photographer and the title of the work indicated) for promotional (e.g.: website and Facebook page of the Gallery, catalogue) and exhibition purposes. No royalties or compensation will be paid for these purposes.
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