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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Their recent photo book "Fairy Tales" features Demie as nine different personas, including a faerie, siren, banshee and water sprite, as well as Hungarian legends like Tűz Anya (meaning'fire mother') that Collins grew up with. 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. The darker European folklorists, from Charles Perrault to Hans Christian Andersen, spun stories with little resemblance to the Disney-sanitized versions we grew up on: The queen in Snow White wished to devour the girl’s lungs and liver, for example, and the evil stepsisters in Cinderella cut off their toes with a knife to fit into the glass slipper.

Petra and Alexa’s chapters of elves, mermaids, sirens, water sprites, fallen angels, fairies, witches, and banshees blend their own stories with retold fairy tales.Demie, who was raised in Los Angeles by her Mexican mother, grandmother, and aunts, had a similarly rich tradition of Hispanic folklore to draw on when it came to collaborating on these tales. The photographs, are stunning, magical, and transmit an aura that, for me, would make this book 5 stars.

This trope recurs throughout the book, challenging ideas of empowerment and restriction, symbolic of the patriarchy and our power to repurpose oppressive devices.Petra Collins is a multi-talented artist and director whose photography set the stylistic tone for much of the 2010s. Most of these stories do not make any sense, but Alexa Demie looks great so I can’t say that I’m disappointed because I got exactly what I was expecting when I got this book. 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. Shooting since the age of 15, her work is fueled by self-discovery and a contemporary femininity which explore the complex intersection of life as a young woman online and off.

Both women collaborated on the text and the visuals, which star Demie as various elves, mermaids, fairies, and other make-believe creatures in surrealist sets that blend reality and fantasy. I loved every chapter of this book, and what stuck with me were the themes of being okay being alone, as well as sexuality and sensuality for the purpose of womens joy. It helped too that there was an instant artistic synergy between the pair from their very first day on set together. Hungary as a nation was dealing with being under a Soviet regime, so a lot of that work came out of collective trauma. The photos combine elements of camp, prosthetics, and shibari in a surreal update to the imagery of the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, Charles Perrault, and others.Once upon a time, there was a subversive fashion photographer who released her book this week…oh, wait! For both Collins and Demie, the project was rooted in the darker corners of the fairy tales that they grew up with. Here, their subversive folk tales are brought to vivid life via handwritten stories the pair worked on together, alongside illustrations by artist Evita Flores and art director Sandra Leko’s gloriously whimsical pastel pink layouts.

Approaching it as women, it’s very interesting to play these mythical creatures that don’t necessarily have much agency and give them more agency.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. 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. Still, both Demie and Collins tried to steer clear of anything too specific or literal in their interpretations, describing the main impetus for the project as simply an opportunity to build their own weird and wonderful folkloric world—and, as Demie already noted, just to have some fun. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.

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