Dina Goldstein’s “Gods of Suburbia” Places Religious Figures Among Modern Society

Buddha

Buddha

Lakshmi

Lakshmi

Last Supper

Last Supper

Satan

Satan

Photographer and pop surrealist Dina Goldstein’s large-scale project titled Gods of Suburbia features a collection of deities and religious figures set within the context of modernity. Buddha, Mohammed, Satan, and others exist alongside technology, science, and secularism as it relates to living in the (anywhere) suburbs. Goldstein explains:

The series plays with narrative and religious iconography in order to communicate how organized belief has become twisted within a global framework driven by consumerism and greed.  The project challenges the viewer — religious or secular — to embark on a journey of self-reflection as they contemplate the relevance of dogma in modernity.

Goldstein’s moody images highlight some less-than-stellar facets of our modern culture. Lack of compassion, unwillingness to learn/accept other beliefs, and bullying are just some of the themes that the photographer touches on. The series, while strange, is poignant and relatable as we read more and more bad news everyday.

Each photo in Gods of Suburbia features thoughtful and interesting explanations of how every figure relates to contemporary society. Read it on Goldstein’s website.

Xenu

Xenu

Wicca

Wicca

Voodoo

Voodoo

Mohammed

Mohammed

Ganesh

Ganesh

Darwin

Darwin

Elohim

Elohim

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  • arcanadynamis

    Didn’t like it. I mean, the concept is witty but the photos? They don’t feel real. Everything is photoshopped, lighting is inconsistent, the artist should have done an on-location photoshoot instead

  • nottuesday

    ; seems really inaccurate. the typical chinese “buddha” we see in resturants is not actually the ‘real’ buddha in chinese culture. its buddai, who is actually healthy and skinny. buddha is the deity of happiness, warmth. And santa at the end says Elohim at the bottom. Elohim is God. Sorry, my God is very giving but He is not santa. I understand the artisitical nature of all this but for someone as logical for me it’s hard to get into something that is very posed and unintelligent. which is sad because I like Dina’s work. she just didn’t do her homework. as a fellow artist i understand that, that is key. I realize that no one asked for my opinion, but I shared it so please NO bad/ rude comments.

  • Santa

    Your God doesn’t exist.