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.

Mea culpa barbie

Mea Culpa Barbie

Trophy Wife Barbi

Pinebie 4

"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"

Pregnant Cheerleader Barbi

Belle Naturelle BW by Kati Heljakka

BlackWhite Belle Naturelle

Frosted American Royalty Barbie

Cobalt Lemon Meringue, Janet I

NYDB (Not Your Daughter's Barbie)

Frosted American Royalty Barbie

Vanilla Petal Cake, Whitney II

Frosted American Royalty Barbie

Vintage Lunar Gold, Stacie VI

Saint Solange

As Is Found dolls photograhed in the thrift store bags they come in.

As Is #168

Incarcerated Barbi

Eating Disorder Barbi

BlackWhite Belle Naturelle II by Kati Heljakka

BlackWhite Belle Naturelle II

Barbie holds hands photograph AS Is Dana Davis photograph

As Is #183

Tomboy Hair and Primary Colors

Queen Velvet, Skipper I

Lady Luck

Barbiefly (close-up)

Saint Lucy

Eye Of the Turtle

Saint Barbara

She Was the Organ Grinders Daughter

A Girl's Best Friend

Two girls the way you imagined them

As Is #177

All-Barbie Centaur Dance Ensemble--Eiffelle

Octomom Barbi

Bondage Barbi's playset

The Best Balloon Floated Away, Stacie II


Hellraiser Pinhead Barbie

Saint Appolonia

ghost barbie


Tay Tay

"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"

Diamond Party Decorations, Stace IV