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.

Don't Ask Don't tell Kenn

Eating Disorder Barbi

Beka Brayer

Take My Hand

Trophy Wife Barbi

Dead in a Shoe

Frosted American Royalty Barbie

Cobalt Lemon Meringue, Janet I

Barbiefly (close-up)

Pregnant Cheerleader Barbi

Hung Over Black-out Barbi


BlackWhite Belle Naturelle II by Kati Heljakka

BlackWhite Belle Naturelle II

Belle Naturelle by Kati Heljakka

Belle Naturelle

NYDB (Not Your Daughter's Barbie)

Down In The Valley of HeartBreak

Eye Of the Turtle

Saint Appolonia

Saint Lucy

Frosted American Royalty Barbie

A Layer Cake with Bangs, Janet II

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

A Girl's Best Friend

Pinebie 4

Photograph Dana Davis Barbie As Is thrift store found art

As Is 171

Lady Luck

"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"

"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"

As Is Barbie dark whimsy Dana Davis Photograph

As Is #198

Frosted American Royalty Barbie

Vanilla Petal Cake, Whitney II

Mea culpa barbie

Mea Culpa Barbie

Demoralized Hooters Waitress Barbi

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

Saint Wilgefortis

Bondage Barbi's playset

Bondage Barbi

Barbie As Is dream of Barbie Dana Davis Photograph

As Is #197

Two girls the way you imagined them

As Is #177

Ho Ho Ho's and Pimpin Fun Kenn