For Car Girls Hassink photographed major car shows in seven different cities on three continents. As Hassink describes it, she has used these sites to reflect on “differing cultural values with regard to their ideal images of beauty and women. The series captures the moments during the women’s performances when they become more like dolls or tools than individuals.”
In an issue of Aperture magazine, Francine Prose praised the work for its ability to “make us rethink the association between auto and eros as if it had never occurred to us, and to see it newly in all its sheer outrageous strangeness.”
Car Girls takes a subversively fun yet conceptually astute approach to issues of gender, power, and commodification. This luxuriously produced publication is designed by the award-winning Irma Boom, and is limited to an edition of 1,500 copies. The book is accompanied by an essay by Tim Dant.
The release of Car Girls coincides neatly with AutoRai 2009.
JACQUELINE HASSINK (born in Enschede, the Netherlands, 1966) has published extensively, including The Table of Power (1996), Mindscapes (2003), The Power Book (2007), and Domains of Influence (2008). Her work has been shown extensively at various international venues, and her photographs are in the collections of the Huis Marseille, Amsterdam, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, among other institutions. Hassink is a visiting professor in a number of programs, including the postgraduate photography program at the University of Art and Design, Helsinki, and at the Visual and Environmental Studies program at Harvard. She is represented by Cohen Amador Gallery, New York. www.jacquelinehassink.com
TIM DANT (essay) is a reader in sociology at the University of Lancaster. He is the author of Materiality and Culture (2005), as well as numerous books and articles on the subject. From 2002 until 2005 he was involved in major research on car culture.