Monday, October 26, 2015

Ken doll stands in as martyred Jesus, Barbie as Virgin Mary

USA TODAY
By Kamilia Lahrichi
Argentine artists Emiliano Pool Paolini and Marianela Perelli polemical artwork featuring 33 Ken and Barbie dolls as religious figures, especially from Christianity, such as Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ, in the POPA art gallery in Argentina.
ARGENTINA---The exhibit, “Barbie, The Plastic Religion,” has infuriated religious organizations globally, especially Catholic ones in Buenos Aires, Pope Francis' birthplace. “Barbie and Ken have offered for decades a model of a couple that attracts children of every age to play with them and identify with them,” said Adrian Santarelli, a priest at St. Thomas More parish in Buenos Aires. “The idea of dressing (dolls) with sacred images of sacred persons alters and damages the child’s levels of understanding of the sacred." [link]
Ken and Barbie as featured on Facebook in September 2014 prior to the canceled exhibtion