Why don't Boys Play with Dolls? was made for the 1. triennial of finnish photography at Art Hall in Helsinki in 1992. The show was called Postmorality and it was curated by Arja Elovirta (editor in chief at Taide -magazine 2006 - 2008, Director of Kerava Art Museum 2009 -). The pieces dealt with roles and expectations between genders. A boy and a girl was photographed in several gendered roles. The characters were larger than life paperdolls in a frame. In each of the pieces were objects connected with the role they were playing.
The series is part of a larger project of mine on identities. I have dealt over the years with sexuality, gender, nationality and place, social models etc. Projects such as Mother Nature's Son, National Landscape, A Bourgeois Dream and Return of a Hero all deal with matters and questions of identities.
Why don't Boys Play with Dolls? was later curated by Sue Davies for Admissions of Identity -show at The Sheffield Art Museum's Mappin Art Gallery in 1998. During the next year the pieces were shown in Budapest at The Ludwig museum's Identity and Environment -show. Postmorality was seen in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1996. Two of the pieces were shown at Kiasma, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki in show (Un)naturally in 2009.