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.

Tomboy Hair and Primary Colors

Frosted American Royalty Barbie

Vintage Lunar Gold, Stacie VI

"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"

The Best Balloon Floated Away, Stacie II

All-Barbie Centaur Dance Ensemble--Eiffelle

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

Belle Naturelle BW by Kati Heljakka

BlackWhite Belle Naturelle

Pegasus, Barbie, flight out of greed, enlightened, Daniela Haskara

Pegasus Rescue of "The Angel of Good Intent"

Barbie photograph thrift store photograph dark whimsy

As Is #180

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


Hellraiser Pinhead Barbie

Bondage Barbi's playset

BlackWhite Belle Naturelle II by Kati Heljakka

BlackWhite Belle Naturelle II

Pinebie 4

NYDB (Not Your Daughter's Barbie)

Butch Barbi's

Ghetto Girl Barbi's

Bondage Barbi

Demoralized Hooters Waitress Barbi

Tay Tay

Barbie holds hands photograph AS Is Dana Davis photograph

As Is #183

"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"

As Is 169

Trophy Wife Barbi

Frosted American Royalty Barbie

Vanilla Petal Cake, Whitney II

ghost barbie


Don't Ask Don't tell Kenn


Octomom Barbi

"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"

Lady Luck

Photograph Dana Davis Barbie As Is thrift store found art

As Is 171

Pinebie 5

Frosted American Royalty Barbie

Buttercream Ballet Cake, Stacie V

Barbie's Bad Dream

Barbiefly (close-up)