Stupid Internet, anyway.
Lookalike. Barbie × Lolita × Lara CroftBarbie, Lolita and Lara Croft are three female icons that recur in all sorts of ways in our contemporary society. They inspire countless photographers and artists, but also advertising and film directors. These three 'women' - one a doll, one a character from a novel, and one a 'game girl' - are at the heart of the exhibition Lookalike at the Nederlands Foto Instituut from September 8 through November 3, 2002. The exhibition examines the way in which photographers, visual artists, advertising directors, fashion designers, video artists, game makers and film directors have been inspired by these three fictional women.
September 7 November 3
Barbie, Lolita and Lara represent three divergent archetypical images for women. Barbie is the young, successful woman, obsessed with her appearance, who conjurs up for us the norms and values of a materialistic, Americanised society. But despite the focus on her appearance, Barbie has an asexual aura. This contrasts with Lolita, the apparently innocent child-woman from Nabokov's novel of the same title. In 1999 the fashion magazine Vogue introduced the Lolita girl as the new, sensual image for women. The newest heroine has been called into being with the aid of digital techniques: the militant, well-proportioned Lara Croft. This tough gal has made short work of conquering the hearts of both men and women. Nevertheless as an ambivalent phenomenon she provokes discussion: is she a role model for feminists or a new female cliche?
Well, I think it sounds interesting, anyway. Not that I'll have a chance to see it or anything, so I'd probably be happier if I didn't know it existed.
The exhibit is curated by Flos Wildschut of the NFI and Deanna Herst of Axis, foundation for Art and Gender (Amsterdam; www.axisvm.nl)
Which is an interesting site in itself, even if my poor 'mercan brain has trouble dealing with the concept of "an organisation concentrating on initiating and developing projects in the field of art and gender. Its main objective is the renewing of concepts of masculinity and femininity" which is "financially supported by the Dutch Ministery of Education,Culture and Sciences".
Us Americans don't have no ministries.
Or education or culture, if you want to be like that.
And science funding isn't given much priority, unless it's something you can make money at. . .
We can still nuke 'em, though. We can be proud of that.
Not sure why we'd want to be, or why we'd do it, but we can, and that's enough.