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.

marie de sade

Marie De Sade

Belle Naturelle by Kati Heljakka

Belle Naturelle

Barbiefly (close-up)

DUI Kenn

Hillbilly Barbi

Trophy Wife Barbi

If Those Legs Could Talk

Two girls the way you imagined them

As Is #177

Pinebie 4

Eye Of the Turtle

Pinebie 3

Down In The Valley of HeartBreak

Octomom Barbi

Barbie's Bad Dream

Diamond Party Decorations, Stace IV

Pinebie 5

Ghetto Girl Barbi's


As Is 169

The Best Balloon Floated Away, Stacie II

Frosted American Royalty Barbie

Vintage Lunar Gold, Stacie VI

"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"

Saint Lucy

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

As Is #168


Hellraiser Pinhead Barbie

Eating Disorder Barbi


Saint Solange

Saint Wilgefortis

Beka Brayer

Take My Hand

Bondage Barbi

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

Hung Over Black-out Barbi

Photograph Dana Davis Barbie As Is thrift store found art

As Is 171

Azah wears a "Turkish Coat" of white with silver trim. Her dance attire is a band of ribbon top and a wrap skirt. She looks like a queen with her regal headress and fur neck collar. She also has some bindi adornment, and is naturally constructed of upcycled materials from dancers and barbies.

Diva Dolls "Azah"

Lady Luck