Modern re-imaginings of fairy tales tend to clean them up a bit, taking off the sharp edges of oft dark stories. While we like to say that children grow up faster than ever in our current society, we also tend to think they can’t handle the dark tone of traditional fairy tales.
Spanish Artist Marilen Adrover isn’t following that line. She has cast several fairy tale heroines in a new light by creating mugshot portraits, which are as captivating technically as they are conceptually.
Alice, from Alice in Wonderland, has been popped for pill popping: a smiley faced tab resting on her tongue, her placard reading, “Alice Carroll, Narcotics Possession.”
Clearly, she went too far down the rabbit hole.
Little Red Riding Hood, like most traditional fairy tales, has seen numerous adaptations and modernizations, but typically she has not been an aggressive figure. She has either ended up the Big Bad Wolf’s dinner, or gotten free due to her own cunning; or, in later tellings, with the aid of her grandmother or the huntsman.
Here, she has been arrested for murder. Her bloody and bruised face and right hand tell the story of a struggle, but you’re left to create your own backstory.
The Snow White Mugshot portrait also creates some questions.
She has been arrested for sexual misconduct. Was it the kiss from the prince when she was dead that did her in, or are we to believe that something happened with the Seven Dwarfs to turn them all Happy?
Lastly, we have Goldilocks, who has been locked up for unlawful entry. That one certainly makes sense, but dressing her like a cat burglar gives Goldilocks a more sinister, premeditated air.
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