Photographs by Sarah Moon.
Kyoto Museum of Contemporary Art,
37 black-and-white plates., 8½x8½".
The Little Match Girl by master storyteller Hans Christian Anderson serves as the inspiration for this modern remake by Sarah Moon. The premise of the classic fairy tale remains the same—a young waif sells matches in the street during the heart of winter. Night closes in, the temperature plummets, and the girl, compelled to wander by the desire for both heat and love, begins to burn the matches in a desperate attempt to stay warm. Moon, who has rewritten the text herself, uses the circus as a new motif. A beautiful performer has fled with her lover and the entire troupe is forced to suspend their shows. Even the elephant won't perform. Her youngest daughter embodies Anderson's little match girl, wandering the streets in search of her mother. Winter is upon them all and the story, illustrated throughout by Moon's gritty, fantastical photographs, culminates with the same tragic ending as the original.
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