Altered Barbie Exhibition

AlteredBarbie 2013 is in its 11th year and is taking place in the mission at Shotwell 50 Inc., 50 Shotwell Street, San Francisco.

Barbie and Ken icons who represent modernity fitting for plastic dolls have everything a person could desire. They have multiple careers, vacations, the man, the woman, the divorce, the family, the cars, the houses, all that stuff, all those outfits, all those shoes! and the time and money to buy it all. It is a corporate forced lifestyle based on having things and accomplishments. This is grotesque in all its perfect superficiality and yet Barbie (& Ken) are beautiful and ideals we all secretly try to emulate. These icons are so powerful they strike a chord with almost every little girl, boy, woman and man in the world regardless of economic status or color.

As Is Found dolls photograhed in the thrift store bags they come in.
As Is #168
Hellraiser Pinhead Barbie
"Samra" is indeed a "Dark Skinned" beauty. She wears attire of an earthy colored fringed gown, gold edged belt, front and back skirt anels, gold arm bands, and a traditiona stye head wrap fit for a queen. .
Diva Dolls "Samra"
All-Barbie Centaur Dance Ensemble--Eiffelle
Red Riding Hood
Pinebie 3
Frosted American Royalty Barbie
Cobalt Lemon Meringue, Janet I
Barbie holds hands photograph AS Is Dana Davis photograph
As Is #183
"Enat" is indeed a "little fire" with her flaming red hair and upcycled "cabaret" style regalia. she has gilded gold fishnet stockings, gold roman look slippers, Fluffy furry arm bands and headdress and even a gold caberet fan, and tribal makeup
Diva Dolls "Enat"
Frosted American Royalty Barbie
A Layer Cake with Bangs, Janet II
As Is 169
Saint Lucy
Barbie photograph thrift store photograph dark whimsy
As Is #180
Pinebie 4
Belle Naturelle by Kati Heljakka
Belle Naturelle
Queen Velvet, Skipper I
"Azra" is a "Persian Heroine" and is adorned in lovely headress with jewels and shell pieces, with hair coiled and coifed in American Tribal Style. Colors are soft pink, moss green, seaside teal and shells. She wears a choli top, tribal dance pants, a tassel belt and has a sheer flower wrap as a coverup.  She is stunning indeed.
Diva Dolls "Azra"
Barbiefly (close-up)
Adira is spendid and strong with her proud look, and wild hair caught up on each side big and her wid hair caught up on each side. She wears a tassel belt and black skirt, which is accented by a gold breast plate blouse. She looks like a tribal warrior and her beautiful armband of "feathers".
Diva Dolls "Adira"
BlackWhite Belle Naturelle II by Kati Heljakka
BlackWhite Belle Naturelle II
Azah wears a "Turkish Coat" of white with silver trim. Her dance attire is a band of ribbon top and a wrap skirt. She looks like a queen with her regal headress and fur neck collar. She also has some bindi adornment, and is naturally constructed of upcycled materials from dancers and barbies.
Diva Dolls "Azah"
marie de sade
Marie De Sade
Saint Appolonia
Pegasus, Barbie, flight out of greed, enlightened, Daniela Haskara
Pegasus Rescue of "The Angel of Good Intent"
Saint Barbara
Diamond Party Decorations, Stace IV
Tomboy Hair and Primary Colors
As Is Barbie dark whimsy Dana Davis Photograph
As Is #198
Sleeping Beauty
Beka Brayer
Take My Hand
Belle Naturelle BW by Kati Heljakka
BlackWhite Belle Naturelle
Saint Solange
ghost barbie
Tribal Diva Doll, Nalia is adorned and embellished with hair coiled and coifed, a jingly silver headdress and tribal coin necklace.  Her ethnic choli blouse is almost backless, she has a fringy beaded belly dance belt and flashy deep gold dance pants,  Her face bears tribal markings and she wears wrist gauntlets.
Diva Dolls