They may be plastic toys, but Ken and Barbie have been an item for a long time. Mattel, the company that makes the dolls, has a slightly creepy habit of treating them as if they're real people - they said the pair had "split up" in 2004, and then reunited them on Valentine's Day 2011. But Mattel had nothing to do with these photographs by Vancouver-based photographer Dina Goldstein, which beg the question: if they were real people, how might Barbie and Ken's relationship play out?
Goldstein tries to answer the question in the ten-part photo series 'In The Dollhouse'. The photographs below have human actors playing the dolls - Nathaniel Campbell played Ken and Reghan Blake played Barbie, although they were named "K" and "B" to avoid copyright issues. During the shoot, the set was opened to the public for a fundraising party to benefit a local women's shelter.
In a discussion about the project posted on her website, Goldstein says she hopes "that you really enjoy the images, that they make you laugh, discuss, question, argue - anything to really inspire conversation". Check out the photos below:
The team behind the photos also shot a behind-the-scenes video of the process of putting them together. Check that out below:
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