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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. For both Collins and Demie, the project was rooted in the darker corners of the fairy tales that they grew up with. Demie represents womxn through different lenses, all with outcomes of alienation and objectification. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. It’s something I’ve always been so interested in, partly because of the age I started working, when I was going through puberty and discovering myself,” says Collins.

The project] wasn’t necessarily meant for a book, but it’s rare to take so many images and then find you love a lot of them,” Collins explains of its final manifestation.In 2021, the Fairy Tales photo teasers featured almost empty diners, bedrooms and hospitals; readers blending fact and fiction could imagine these scenarios coming to life in front of them. This book is for lovers of dystopian tales, for anyone interested in modern interpretations of folklore, femxle representation and hyperfeminine aesthetics. The soft focus and dreamy photography depict the truthful chaos and survival of mythical beings in a mortal world. As children, Petra and Alexa were both enamoured with fairy tales, which provided an escape from their own painful realities.

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. 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. My grandmother would tell me a lot of Mexican folk tales when I was little, which were really scary, but I was so fascinated by them all,” she says. Fairy Tales is] a collaboration with the photographer Petra Collins -- a body of work that reimagines the female creatures who inhabit folk- and fairy-tales, who are often cast as one-dimensional monsters or temptresses.

A capa tem uma qualidade incrível que já vale a pena toda a espera d valor, além das Fotos lindas que a Petra fez da Alexa.

It felt half-baked, stories obviously being made up afterwards in an attempt to form some sort of narrative for each photo series in each chapter. The photos are gorgeous and the aesthetic sucked me in immediately… an overall let down even though I enjoyed the art. 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. Once upon a time, there was a subversive fashion photographer who released her book this week…oh, wait! the quality and look of the pictures is gorgeous, and everything about the sets, make up, costumes, etc.

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Retelling childhood stories, Petra Collins and Alexa Demie play with juxtaposition: dark and light, violence and kindness, delicacy and tension. When I was a kid, I wasn’t allowed to watch Disney, but I grew up on Hungarian folk tales,” she says.

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. Artist Petra Collins and actress Alexa Demie create nine erotic stories in a contemporary reimagining of a fairy tale book. For Alexa and I, doing this book of fairy tales was almost the most accurate reflection of the world around us today.

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