BABIES WHO TOUCH YOU
Manufacturing of The Reborn started in the USA in the 1990s. Exclusively female, the artists who craft The Reborn work at home, following in the tradition of 19th century dollmakers. However, a global, virtual society quickly spread via the internet and social media, and The Reborn have become a worldwide phenomenon. The average price of a doll is approximately $800. The most expensive one was sold for about $30,000. The purchase imitates an adoption procedure through unique birth certificates.
This work explores the emotional bond between dolls and their owners, analyzing the bewildering realities of commercialized motherhood and asking the question “Why do women buy synthetic kids?”. ‘Babies Who Touch You’ displays the dolls stored in transparent plastic bags, a metaphorical or artificial placenta which emblematizes human desires transformed into market goods. My photos show fake children produced in series, ready to be reborn.