Thursday, October 22, 2015

Controversial religious Barbie doll exhibition opens in Buenos Aires

By Vanessa Bell
Barbie and Ken dolls dressed as, among others, the Virgin Mary and martyred Saint Sebastian in the Barbie: Plastic Religion exhibition in Buenos Aires. Photograph: Hector Rio/AFP/Getty Images
ARGENTINA---After almost a year’s delay following opposition and outcry from churchgoers and rightwing activists, Emiliano Pool Paolini and Marianela Perelli, two artists from Rosario in Argentina, have finally unveiled "Barbie: The Plastic Revolution," part of the Saints and Sinners exhibition at a small gallery in Buenos Aires’ La Boca district. Some are displayed in customised Mattel packaging, others in illuminated cabinets. Crucified Ken is nailed to a wooden cross, complete with flowing locks and loincloth, while Buddha Ken sits on the floor in the lotus position. All of the works are for sale, and dolls are also available to order. [link]
Emiliano Pool Paolini and Marianela Perelli with their painting of The Last Supper. Photograph: Hector Rio/AFP/Getty Images