Chiharu Shiota - Busan Biennale［Busan / South Korea］photo by Sunhi Mang
Bondage [Postfuhramt, Berlin]
Deceased Estate, 2004, by Sean Cordeiro & Claire Healy. found discarded material from artists' warehouse.
Island of the Dolls, Mexico - a hermit, Don Julian, lived on this island where he was tormented by the ghost of a girl who'd drowned. To appease her he hung the dolls from the trees for her to play with. In 2001 Julian's body was found by his nephew; he'd drowned in the same canal as the girl. Since then, tourists have claimed to hear the dolls whispering and see them moving on their own. When Syfy's "Destination Truth" visited they experienced apparitions, paranoia and disembodied voices.
This "Plastic bodies" series focuses on how commercialism distorts people's perception of the way they look. The artist Sheila Pree Bright says "As a result (of our image focused society), the female body becomes a replica of a doll, and the essence of natural beauty in popular American culture is replaced by fantasy. This body of work addresses the loss of personal identity many women experience, specifically women of color."