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.

"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"


Saint Solange

Red Shoe

Diamond Party Decorations, Stace IV


Frosted American Royalty Barbie

Cobalt Lemon Meringue, Janet I

Trophy Wife Barbi

Octomom Barbi

Belle Naturelle by Kati Heljakka

Belle Naturelle

Eating Disorder Barbi

Frosted American Royalty Barbie

Vintage Lunar Gold, Stacie VI

As Is 169

Pregnant Cheerleader Barbi

Pinebie 5

Frosted American Royalty Barbie

Buttercream Ballet Cake, Stacie V

Saint Lucy

Dead in a Shoe

Photograph Dana Davis Barbie As Is thrift store found art

As Is 171

BlackWhite Belle Naturelle II by Kati Heljakka

BlackWhite Belle Naturelle II

DUI Kenn


Hellraiser Pinhead Barbie

Hillbilly Barbi

Ghetto Girl Barbi's

Saint Barbara

Tomboy Hair and Primary Colors

Eye Of the Turtle

marie de sade

Marie De Sade

She Was the Organ Grinders Daughter

Portrait of Barbie's Secret Family (or, 4th gen B)

Demoralized Hooters Waitress 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

Pinebie 4

Barbiefly (close-up)

A Girl's Best Friend

Mea culpa barbie

Mea Culpa Barbie