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.

Incarcerated Barbi

Butch Barbi's

ghost barbie


Eating Disorder Barbi

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

Tomboy Hair and Primary Colors

Frosted American Royalty Barbie

A Layer Cake with Bangs, Janet II

Beka Brayer

Take My Hand

Lady Luck

Don't Ask Don't tell Kenn

As Is Barbie dark whimsy Dana Davis Photograph

As Is #198

Hung Over Black-out Barbi

Frosted American Royalty Barbie

Vanilla Petal Cake, Whitney II

Saint Lucy


Hellraiser Pinhead Barbie

Ghetto Girl Barbi's

As Is 169

Saint Appolonia

Frosted American Royalty Barbie

Vintage Lunar Gold, Stacie VI

Pinebie 4

NYDB (Not Your Daughter's Barbie)

Red Shoe

Eye Of the Turtle

Two girls the way you imagined them

As Is #177

DUI Kenn

On the Rose

Tay Tay


Frosted American Royalty Barbie

Cobalt Lemon Meringue, Janet I

Octomom Barbi

Pregnant Cheerleader Barbi

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

Mea culpa barbie

Mea Culpa Barbie

Dead in a Shoe

BlackWhite Belle Naturelle II by Kati Heljakka

BlackWhite Belle Naturelle II