Dirty Princesses

Catalogue Essay: “Dirty Princesses” in Michele Beevors: Debbie Does Disney, Dunedin Public Art Gallery: Dunedin, November 2008.

None of this makes for pleasant viewing. Beevors makes us complicit in these acts of violence and self-harm, and these princesses reflect the disturbing private lives of contemporary society as they harm not only themselves but by implication us. Still, I prefer the sordid reality of these princesses to the mindless aggression of the gross merchandising machine that accompanies the new release of a Disney princess story, and reflects a contemporary social morality built on fear and complacency.

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