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Barbie, Murder and Armed Robbery
March 3, 2014   
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A new photographic exhibition at Warsaw’s Muranów metro station offers an alternative take on Barbie dolls.

Magdalena Beyer’s Zabawa (Play) exhibition focuses on Barbie as a coveted icon of mass culture. Displayed in the unlikely setting of a busy metro station, each photograph depicts a scene meticulously laid out and arranged by Beyer. The pictures are stories where the innocence of the dolls is intentionally juxtaposed with evil and cruelty, of which the modern media is full. Some of the photographs appear to be shocking, as behind the facade of colorful clothes, glitzy accessories, trendy hairdos and purses are brutal stories invented by Beyer: murder, suicide, car accidents, rape and armed robbery. Beyer describes these as “true stories of plastic” and deliberately toys with the conventions of advertising photography. Such references to the world of consumerism mitigate the brutality of the stories and turn them into a cynical commentary on modern life. Beyer graduated from the faculty of painting and graphic art at the Fine Arts Academy in Gdańsk. She has worked in advertising and has designed advertising campaigns for Polish and foreign brands such as Wedel, Danone, Snickers, Pedros and Telekomunikacja Polska.


Until March 30; Muranów metro station; Open Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
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