girls and their dolls

I was amused, when I discovered the portrait of a black girl with a white doll. Eric Lafforgue shot this Muhacaona ( Mucawana) tribe girl in an African desert with no shops around, he commented: “…perhaps some tourists gave her the doll … the funny thing: she has made dreadlocks on the blue-eyed doll, to make her look like herself!” Frizz: there is a tension, but what kind of tension? Please read more below the picture…

The Muhacaona doll - Angola
photo by © Eric Lafforgue, sent to my group BLOG IT – click on the picture to enter his galleries on Flickr.com or visit his website at www.ericlafforgue.com
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Another month I came back to the same topic with a different point of view: The Polish photographer Ilona Szwarc, she made series with the title “American Dolls” – visit www.ilonaszwarc.com – and she asked herself, if those dolls, imitating their owners, would not play a “crucial role at the time when the girls are forming their identities…” – I followed the discussion published by the New York Times lens.blogs.nytimes.com: growing-up-in-america – and indeed the readers there sharpened the interpretation. We can read there terms as “narcissistic”, “extension of their parents”, “next generation of self-absorbed, shallow mindless women” – do you have an opinion to this topic?
P.S.:
my two daughters, white, loved dolls with African American skin, hairstyle and outfit (they like to listen soul and blues music now, aged 40)…
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related:
http://www.ilonaszwarc.com/american-girls
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http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/11/a-mirror-on-growing-up-in-america/
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www.ericlafforgue.com
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http://museconfuse.wordpress.com/2013/03/26/of-barbies-again-a-more-in-depth-look-at-her-influence-on-me/
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my comment, sent to the New York Times:
it’s better to play with a dog to have interaction, communication, dialogues than to get fixed in one’s own selfish mirror. Identity is something going forward, not fenced in …

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