Susanne Heintz - Meet the Heintzs
Susanne was tired of answering to friends and relatives asking her -are you married | why aren’t you married?- during social gatherings and family meetings.
Why does a modern woman still have to give reasons why she choose spinsterhood? A woman that is not sporting the wedding ring or that did not push a toddler in his stroller for some time in her life is often considered less woman. And you all know common sayings.
Starting from these arguments, Susanne, started working on a project, difficult but at the same time meaningful: she decided to get married to a mannequin and raise its child. The unlikely family traveled the world with a Kodak camera documenting with photographs everything they were doing like any other normal family does. Life in plastic is fantastic,
14 years in the making, thousands of miles covered and a lot of perfect family pictures. What are the differences between Susanne’s family album and your family album? Those perfect family albums with all the poses sometimes feels like people in it are made in plastic. Albums are often used as proof of normality,- yes i have a caring husband and a son, look… here! we are skiing on the Dolomites… and here ahah it was Christmas two years ago…blahblah.
Susanne’s works also speak loud about free will and self consciousness. Having a real family is difficult but is not easy to have to phisically carry your mannequin family around the world and then build them on the place and enjoy your day out. It is all about choice, Susanne choosed not to follow the same path that many of her friends and people she knows did.
Nonetheless her family album is ugly or less beautiful that the normal.
Well Barbie, we’re just getting started.