Background information, content
"In her series 'Mail Order', the female characters of the imaginary universe of US photographer Marianna ROTHEN are shown for the first time in the company of men. Until now, men have remained decidedly absent in the images by Marianna ROTHEN, but it seems as if in the current debate over gender politics, women’s rights and the 'Me Too' movement, it is inalienable not to include men in the (greater) picture.
While for a century a male dominated Hollywood has often depicted women as objects and commodities, in the photo volume 'Mail Order' by Marianna ROTHEN turns the tables have finally turned. No man in 'Mail Order' is real, they are all mannequins. As the title suggests, they are like sex dolls, objects, mail order partners.
The female protagonist, played by Marianna ROTHEN herself, creates her perfect man and makes him dress, pose and perform his manhood in the ways she demands. By flipping this power dynamic she shows how deeply ingrained the expected roles between women and men and their archetypes are." (publisher's note, © b.frank, 2019)
'Snow and Rose & other Tales' (2016); 'Shadows in Paradise' (2017); 'Mail Order' (2019)
- Charlotte Jansen, William J. Simmons
- Book design
- Alexandra BRUNS
- HC (fake leather with a photograph tipped-in, no dust jacket, as issued), 21 x 28 x 1,5 cm., 80 pp., text language: English, Ltd. to 600 copies