Lora Hristova

 

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Bluebeard's Seven Wives (2009)

Installation view

 

Flawed characteristics shape the imperfect heroines of Bluebeard’s Seven Wives. In a nod to the tradition that placed the murderous Bluebeard as male victim of treacherous female curiosity the artist weaved tales exploring duality, deceit and the delicacy of human sanity. Given mythologies of their own, they wear the borrowed faces of women from pornography. Frozen in the climactic ‘money shot’ and complete with exposed breasts and genitals these dolls flaunt their sexuality. Pinned to the wall like insects their victimhood sits uncomfortably with their dubious pasts.