THE PINK AND BLUE PROJECT OR WHAT ARE LITTLE BOYS AND GIRLS MADE OF?
The South Korean photographer YeongMee Yoon was inspired by her 5 year old daughter, Saewoo. Who loved everything pink.
Here she is with her stuff. This is from the New York Times: "As a setting for a portrait, Ms. Yoon assembled all of her daughter’s pink possessions — stuffed animals, dolls, plastic toys, books, clothes, jewelry, makeup and school supplies — into an orderly display. Seowoo’s bedroom was transformed into a pink kingdom for a child queen."
She then moved on to photograph boys and theirs. The NYT continues: "The themes of gender difference and compulsive shopping scream out from these portraits, but more subtle themes are also apparent. The children, both Asian and non-Asian, collect toys that are both Asian and non-Asian: “Hello Kitty” and anime action figures appear as often as Barbie and Superman. Mass-produced items sit beside family keepsakes — the traditional Korean dress called the hanbok or a hand-me-down, smocked party dress. Children of all ages are hooked on pink and blue, a trend ensured by parents who begin collecting for sons and daughters when they are infants. The project touches raw cultural nerves while delighting the eye and coercing a smile."
Here is Seyoon and his meagre plastic possessions.
Via The NYT