The 7th Annual Altered Barbie Exhibit takes place at the Shotwell 50 Studios in San Francisco this Thursday (Sep. 10) through October 4.
At the event, artists will display Barbies that theyve cut, chopped, melted, and remolded to make social commentary on the female perspective, including a bondage Barbie and a set of anti-blonde princess Barbies dressed as grandma bikers, Wiccans, or militants.
One altered piece even pokes fun at the dolls older age with a Barbie dream casket complete with a headstone and shovel.
Spokesperson Matt McKinley says Barbie often gets maligned for giving girls an unattainable body image, but these alternatives should give youngins license to explore their creativity.
He explains, Kids dont need to understand the artwork. They can enjoy it as something funny. We cant be responsible if kids go and alter their own Barbie though.
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