Car Girls Portfolio

by Jacqueline Hassink


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Dutch artist, Jacqueline Hassink, has received critical acclaim for her books and exhibitions with their subversively fun yet conceptually astute approach to issues of power and social relations. Car Girls (Aperture, April 2009) is a body of work that Hassink created over five years, photographing major car shows in seven different cities on three continents, including New York, Paris, Geneva, Tokyo, Detroit, and Shanghai. As she describes it, she has used these sites to reflect on "differing cultural values with regard to their ideal images of beauty and women. The series captures the moments during the women's performances when they become more like dolls or tools than individuals. Hassink titles each work according to the brand of the car, reinforcing that these girls have no names, yet represent the ultimate dream or fantasy related to luxury and power—all there in front of the eyes of the male car show visitors who desire and yearn for it. "[Hassink's images] make us rethink the association between auto and eros as if it had never occurred to us, and to see it newly in all its sheer outrageous strangeness." —Francine Prose, Aperture magazine, Issue #188 "One thing I found interesting is the body language of the car girls: they always touch the car. There is always a moment when they touch the surface of the car. The male viewer might think: 'If I possess that car, I can possess the girl.' This act of touching is very sensual and seductive. The car symbolizes the male and the hand of the girl, the female." —Jacqueline Hassink *Apologies, this item is excluded from any discount offers or special promotions.*

Five C-Prints, accompanied by a signed, limited-edition copy of Car Girls, presented in a clamshell case
Image Size: 12 1/2 x 9 15/16 inches
Paper Size: 11 1/2 x 14 inches
Edition of 25 + 5 AP
Signed and numbered by the artist

Prints included in this portfolio:
Toyota Girl 1, Frankfurt, 11 September 2007
Cherry Girl 1, Shanghai, 21 April 2005
Lancia Girl 2, Geneva, 1 March 2005
Fiat Girl, Shanghai, 21 April 2005
Kia Girl 2, Tokyo, 24 October 2003

About the Artist

Jacqueline Hassink (b. 1966, Enschede, The Netherlands) is best known for her global photo art projects that deal with the world of economic power. Hassink’s work has appeared in The Financial Times, Le Monde, The New York Times, El Pais, Frankfurter Allgemeine, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Reuters, De Standaard, NZZ, Newsweek, Fortune, Wired and more. Her work has been widely collected and exhibited, including shows at Huis Marseille in Amsterdam; Fotomuseum Winterthur; International Center of Photography in New York and the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego; Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto; The Tokyo Metropolitan Museum for Photography; the Saatchi Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London; Fondation Cartier pour L’art Contemporain, Paris; Bologna Museum of Modern Art; the Guangzhou Museum of Modern Art; Istanbul Modern, Museum Folkwang, Essen and the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi. She is represented by the Benrubi Gallery in New York, Wouter van Leeuwen Galerie in Amsterdam, and Kaune Contemporary in Köln. Hatje Cantz Verlag and Aperture publish her books.

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