Milena Galchina – Photographer Biography, Photography –

Milena Galchina, photography.


Rachid Khimoune – Peintre/Sculpteur, les Enfants du Monde, les Tortues, les Prise de tĂȘtes, le Bestiaire

Rachid Khimoune, sculptor.

Installed in Paris in 2001 Les Enfants du Monde (The Children of the World) sculptures is one of Rachid Khimoune’s major collections. He traveled to several capital cities to take the skin of the streets. As he explains himself: “Every asphalt is similar although manhole covers and tree protectors are all different from one city to another, as a tattoo on the skin. These signs reveal the very identity of the city.” He made an elastomer moulage of the elements and then dressed up the characters like a tailor.

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“This is an exploration of the physical impossibility of Barbie. Barbie dolls have arguably applied social pressures for women, specifically young girls, to emulate an impossible figure. Despite the tremendous influence, it is scientifically proven that these proportions are impossible.– Barbie’s body would have room for only half of a liver and only a few inches of intestines, as opposed to the usual 26 feet. The result: chronic diarrhea and death from malabsorption & malnutrition.
– Barbie’s neck is twice as long as the average human’s which would make it impossible to hold up her head.
– Barbie’s waist is the same circumference as her head.
– Barbie’s legs are 50% longer than her arms, whereas the average woman’s legs are only 20% longer than her arms.
– To look like a barbie proportionally, a healthy woman would need to add 61 cm to her height, subtract 15 cm from her waist, add 13 cm to her chest, and 8 to her neck length.
– If a woman had the same measurements as Barbie, she would not have enough body fat to menstruate (and obviously to have children).
– There are 3 billion women on the planet who don’t look like Barbie; only 8 women come close.
– Barbie would be unable to walk upright (she would need to walk on all 4’s): her feet are so proportionately small that her chest would pull her perpetually forward onto her toes.”

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