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.

Saint Barbara

She Was the Organ Grinders Daughter


Stripper Barbi's

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

As Is #168

NYDB (Not Your Daughter's 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"

The Best Balloon Floated Away, Stacie II

He Said Yes

DUI Kenn

Diamond Party Decorations, Stace IV

Hung Over Black-out Barbi


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"

Butch Barbi's

Frosted American Royalty Barbie

A Layer Cake with Bangs, Janet II

Ghetto Girl Barbi's

Saint Solange

Bondage Barbi

ghost barbie


Barbiefly (close-up)

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

Barbie photograph thrift store photograph dark whimsy

As Is #180

Red Shoe

Barbie holds hands photograph AS Is Dana Davis photograph

As Is #183

Eye Of the Turtle

Ho Ho Ho's and Pimpin Fun Kenn

Lady Luck

Saint Wilgefortis

Pregnant Cheerleader Barbi

As Is Barbie dark whimsy Dana Davis Photograph

As Is #198

"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"

Octomom Barbi

All-Barbie Centaur Dance Ensemble--Eiffelle

Two girls the way you imagined them

As Is #177

As Is 169