Irina Popova. The Incomplete Princess Book

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Irina Popova. The Incomplete Princess Book

26,00 €


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Weight 400 g
Dimensions 12 x 17 cm

Irina Popova


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Irina Popova about the project:


I went digging into the photo albums of Irinas Popovas published online and the repulsion changed into curiosity, the curiosity into a genuine interest, more artistic than scientific.

I was looking at how society functions by imposing the same stereotypical norms of behavior, good life, self-representation and even dreams upon us.

Private and family albums go public without their authors realizing that anyone is allowed to use them, for any purpose.

There is a button that allows anyone to share and download an image. In doing so the image loses any credits or source information, becoming an anonymous piece of collective memory, just one more drop in the sea of Internet content.

And because I had moved from Russia I browsed these profiles, and it seemed to me the perfect way to research the Russian lifestyle and to make a project about Russian people, and eventually about myself.

I was interested in the typical and the unique and used this as a selection principle. I was searching for something typically Russian in the background, or in the small elements; in the colours and the patterns; and a rather peculiar idea of beauty and proper life. At the same time I was focusing on finding unique representations of one’s personality, or in some places weird pictures for which I fail to find explanation.

While looking at these images I noticed that every Irina Popova is striving to become a princess, with a different degrees of success.

They are born into a simple environment, and from an early childhood they get dressed as a princess or as a doll. They all experience the same pressure of expectation to become a successful girl, to find a prince, to get married, and to have beautiful kids. It seems very difficult to escape this pattern, but it also seems that the girls are more than willing to follow these imposed beauty standards.

I organized these materials in the imaginary story-line of one fake princess, from birth to old age. The big question is: “what happens to a princess after marriage?” Do they disappear, while those shapeless, self-content, ageless ladies in  leopard print dresses appear by themselves, like aliens or asteroids?



256 pages, more than 200 illustrations, 12х17 cm

Edition: 300 signed and numbered copies