Pilvi Takala – Real Snow White (France 2009, 9:15 mins)

The absurd logic of the “real character” and the extreme discipline of Disneyland become apparent when a real fan of Disney’s Snow White* is banned from entering the park in a Snow White costume. As visitors are encouraged to dress up and a lot of costume-like merchandise is sold at the park, the full costumes are only sold for children. The Disney slogan “Dreams Come True” of course means dreams produced exclusively by Disney. Anything even slightly out of control immediately evokes fear of the real, possibly dark and perverse dreams coming true. The fantasy of the innocent Snow White doing something bad is so obviously real, that the security guards and management refer to it when explaining why the visitor can’t enter the park dressed up as Snow White.

Bio

Pilvi Takala lives and works in Istanbul and Amsterdam. She graduated with MFA degree from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2006 and also studied in Glasgow School of Arts. Takala is known for her video works that investigate different social situations and human behaviour. These narrative works are based on site-specific performances and interventions. Takala’s works have recently been seen in Bonniers Konsthall in Stockholm and Palais de Tokyossa in Paris. Takala was a candidate for the Ars Fennica Award in 2013 and won the British Emdash Award the same year.