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.

Bondage Barbi

Eye Of the Turtle

Frosted American Royalty Barbie

Vanilla Petal Cake, Whitney II

Stripper Barbi's


Hellraiser Pinhead Barbie

On the Rose

A Girl's Best Friend

DUI Kenn

Barbie's Bad Dream

Ghetto Girl Barbi's

Butch Barbi's

Trophy Wife Barbi

Barbie photograph thrift store photograph dark whimsy

As Is #180

Saint Wilgefortis

Down In The Valley of HeartBreak

Pinebie 5

Dead in a Shoe

Pregnant Cheerleader Barbi

Octomom Barbi


Belle Naturelle by Kati Heljakka

Belle Naturelle

Frosted American Royalty Barbie

A Layer Cake with Bangs, Janet II

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

Tay Tay

Don't Ask Don't tell Kenn

Frosted American Royalty Barbie

Buttercream Ballet Cake, Stacie V

Tomboy Hair and Primary Colors

Frosted American Royalty Barbie

Vintage Lunar Gold, Stacie VI

"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

Barbie holds hands photograph AS Is Dana Davis photograph

As Is #183


Barbie As Is dream of Barbie Dana Davis Photograph

As Is #197

Saint Appolonia

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 3