Jacqueline Hassink: Car Girls

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It takes an artist with the astute eye of Holland's Jacqueline Hassink to capture the actual oddness of the use of female models to sell cars. Hassink has already been acclaimed for books and exhibitions addressing issues of power and social relations, and "Car Girls" is a supreme instance of these explorations--a body of work that has taken more than five years to complete, photographing car shows in cities on three different continents. As Hassink affirms, she has used these sites to reflect on the differing cultural values with regard to their ideal images of beauty and women. The series captures the moments during the women's performances when they become more like "dolls or tools than individuals." In an issue of "Aperture" magazine, Francine Prose described Hassink's achievement perfectly, praising the work for its ability to "make us rethink the association between auto and eros as if it had never occurred to us, and to see it newly in all its sheer outrageous strangeness." "Car Girls" takes a subversively fun but conceptually smart approach to issues of gender, power and commodification. This luxuriously produced publication with a foldout poster cover is designed by Irma Boom and is limited to an edition of 1,500 copies.

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Jacqueline Hassink's books include The Table of Power (1996), Mindscapes (2003), The Power Book (2007), and Tables of Power Vol. II (2011). Her photographs have been shown worldwide, and are in the collections of the Huis Marseille, Amsterdam, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, among other institutions. A visiting professor in the postgraduate photography program at the University of Art and Design, Helsinki, and the Visual and Environmental Studies program at Harvard, she is represented by Benrubi Gallery, New York.

Tim Dant is a reader in sociology at the University of Lancaster. He is the author of Materiality and Culture (2005), as well as numerous books and articles on the subject. From 2002 until 2005 he was involved in major research on car culture.

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"Jacqueline Hassink specialises in surveys, but what makes her projects stand out is their sly and witty intelligence." -- Diane Smyth --The British Journal of Photography

"...Car Girls could well chronicle the last days of the phenomenon that is the big-budget, wildly extravagant car show." --Metro North West

"The photographer plays with the market; the book follows the rules of the market and at the same time counteracts it. Concept and documentation come together in a relationship that benefits both." --Foam: International Photography Magazine

"...car companies routinely employ young women to lounge over bonnets, stroke dashboards and demonstrate reclining seats. Dutch artist Hassink catches snapshots of these girls off-guard, creating a sideways look at auto erotica." --Esquire (UK)

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