Car Girls, pocket editionPhotographs by Jacqueline Hassink
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Dutch artist Jacqueline Hassink has received critical acclaim for her books and exhibitions dealing with issues of power and social relations. Car Girls is a body of work that Hassink created over five years, photographing major car shows in seven cities on three continents, including New York, Paris, Geneva, Tokyo, Detroit, and Shanghai. Every year, companies present their latest cars the same way: with the help of beautiful young female models-cum-performers hired to represent particular car brands, and the corporate images of their employer,s in a very distinctive way. As Hassink describes it, “The series captures the moments during the women's performances when they become more like dolls or tools than individuals." Aperture’s deluxe edition of Car Girls, limited to 1,500 copies, received worldwide attention, and we are pleased to issue this instant classic in a handy, adorable "travel-size,” a subversively fun look at the car industry from the point of view of the women who play an integral role in the elaborately staged, male-dominated industry of auto trade shows.
Both editions of Car Girls were designed by the award-winning Irma Boom.
JACQUELINE HASSINK (born in Enschede, the Netherlands, 1966) books include The Table of Power (1996), Mindscapes (2003), The Power Book (2007), and Tables of Power Vol. II (2011). Her photographs have been shown worldwide, and are in the collections of the Huis Marseille, Amsterdam, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, among other institutions. A visiting professor in the postgraduate photography program at the University of Art and Design, Helsinki, and the Visual and Environmental Studies program at Harvard, she is represented by Benrubi Gallery, New York.
TIM DANT (essay) is a reader in sociology at the University of Lancaster. He is the author of Materiality and Culture (2005), as well as numerous books and articles on the subject. From 2002 until 2005 he was involved in major research on car culture.