Yesterday on my way home it was love at first sight when I saw these incredible large scale Asian-inspired paper doll prints by Mina Cheon through the windows of C. Grimaldis Gallery. Cheon, an Asian-American who finds her home in Baltimore (a MICA professor), New York and Seoul, deals with issues of Westernization, Americanization and national propaganda through re-visiting the (now life-size) paper dolls she grew up with in South Korea in the 70s. More on ‘Dresses for Different Events’ here.
The wall opposite the prints makes a statement, covered with “99 Miss Kim(s)” to commemorate the the North Korean establishment.
Addressing Dolls opens Thursday February 28th at the C. Grimaldis Gallery on Charles Street.
(images via Mina Cheon)
February 27, 2008 at 12:12 pm //
Wow, that looks like a great show. I wrote a lot of my MA dissertation about children’s play with dresses (though the child in question was a boy), and I think exploring those little games can be a great way of thinking about nationalism, gender, and all the values we’re taught as children. -X
Prêt à Voyager
February 27, 2008 at 2:43 pm //
Sounds fascinating, Xander. I mean what does Barbie say about America??? . . . Have you ever seen the French film Ma Vie en Rose? (it’s about a little boy who thinks he was supposed to be a girl). It’s a favorite.
February 27, 2008 at 8:37 pm //
Love this! Glad you mentioned Ma Vie en Rose, great film. Must check Netflix, would love to see it again.
Abbey Goes Design Scouting
August 27, 2008 at 4:14 am //