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.

Lady Luck

marie de sade

Marie De Sade

Stripper Barbi's

Pinebie 3

On the Rose

Bondage Barbi's playset

Saint Solange

NYDB (Not Your Daughter's Barbie)

Octomom Barbi

Don't Ask Don't tell Kenn

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

As Is #168

Incarcerated Barbi


Frosted American Royalty Barbie

Vintage Lunar Gold, Stacie VI

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 by Kati Heljakka

Belle Naturelle

Frosted American Royalty Barbie

Cobalt Lemon Meringue, Janet I

Frosted American Royalty Barbie

Buttercream Ballet Cake, Stacie V

ghost barbie


Saint Wilgefortis

Barbiefly (close-up)

"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"

Butch Barbi's

Trophy Wife Barbi

Saint Barbara

A Girl's Best Friend

Pregnant Cheerleader Barbi

As Is Barbie dark whimsy Dana Davis Photograph

As Is #198

Down In The Valley of HeartBreak

DUI Kenn

Beka Brayer

Take My Hand


Belle Naturelle BW by Kati Heljakka

BlackWhite Belle Naturelle

Barbie photograph thrift store photograph dark whimsy

As Is #180

Frosted American Royalty Barbie

A Layer Cake with Bangs, Janet II

Pinebie 4