Fairytales: Petra Collins and Alexa Demie

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Fairytales: Petra Collins and Alexa Demie

Fairytales: Petra Collins and Alexa Demie

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Demie represents womxn through different lenses, all with outcomes of alienation and objectification.

It helped too that there was an instant artistic synergy between the pair from their very first day on set together.

Part of the reason we did these characters is that everyone, especially because of the pandemic, has been living on the internet more than they ever have,” Collins notes. Alexa is currently working on her first EP, developing and producing film and TV, and engaged in social impact work focused on equality and representation, especially for the Latinx community and the next generation of youth. While Collins was mostly raised in the suburbs of Toronto, her mother fled Hungary in the 1980s, when it was still under Soviet rule. The project] wasn’t necessarily meant for a book, but it’s rare to take so many images and then find you love a lot of them,” Collins explains of its final manifestation.

Each of the nine tales is set in unique spaces, ranging from suburban homes and parking lots to fantastical sets. I was excited for some fairy tales gone rogue, especially being that i didn’t grow up with the originals, but the text is pretty much useless. Indeed, the interplay of text and images throughout the book has less in common with engravings from a well-thumbed tome of old fairy tales than with something like Madonna’s infamous Fabien Baron–designed, Steven Meisel–lensed publication, Sex.I absolutely loved the artistic direction, set design, alexa’s modeling, and of course the graphic design. It explores the femininity and sexuality of mythological beings, but in the context of very human spaces, such as teenage bedrooms, medical facilities, parking lots and exotic dancing clubs. So I bought this for the photos (I would assume that many of us did lol) and I did not expect the writing to be that great… and I was correct. I think this book is a great signifier of the zeitgeist and the challenges womxn face today, particularly on social media and image-based communications.

The soft focus and dreamy photography depict the truthful chaos and survival of mythical beings in a mortal world.In the Brothers Grimm version of Rapunzel, it’s hinted that the young woman has been locked away in a tower for her promiscuity, while the 17th-century Italian version of Sleeping Beauty sees the central character impregnated by the king during her slumber. The photos combine elements of camp, prosthetics, and shibari in a surreal update to the imagery of the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson, Charles Perrault, and others. Initially bought for the photos, obviously, so I didnt expect there to be multiple stories, and they honestly exceeded my expectations. It felt half-baked, stories obviously being made up afterwards in an attempt to form some sort of narrative for each photo series in each chapter. Alexa Demie is an actor, musician and multi-hyphenate talent who currently stars as ‘Maddy’ in HBO’s EUPHORIA.

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