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Dolling up the lens: Barbie

A curated international photography exhibition

December 14, 2023 – January 6, 2024                                                   newsletter

Apple Tree Doll No. 1.
Beauty Salon Barbie
Barbie Artifact #1
Barbie On A Country Drive With Sal, Winky & Bailey
Boa Constrictor
The Final Goodbye
B Are B #5
B Are B #7
Beyond Is Everything
Colonisation Barbie as Landscape
Learning to Fly
This Barbie can read you
This Barbie started a cult in space
Aerobics with Ana and Mia, 1989
Ana's Lunch
Apple Tree Doll No. 2.
Apple Tree Doll No. 3.
After Hours Barbie
Take me
Barbie Artifact #2
Barbie Artifact #3
Sweet green
Sal & Charlie Compete For Barbie’s Attention At The Big Gala
Barbie and The Man That Got Away
Florida Barbie
African Bees
My own Ophelia
Punky Barbie No. 8
Punky Barbie No. 9
Career Girl
Fashion Designer
Dance Together
Stretched Thin, self portrait
Beach Barbie
The Girls
92-60-84 No. 1
92-60-84 No. 3

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The Barbie phenomenon, spanning over six decades, has left an indelible mark on our culture. It has been a source of inspiration, sparking imaginations, while also evoking strong criticism for its potential impact on body image, self-perception, and identity. Unlike traditional dolls, Barbie emerged as an adult figure, presenting a complete spectrum of allure and sexuality, thus embodying a symbol of beauty and desire. Barbie's world-building transcended mere play; it resembled the art of theater production and film direction, akin to the creative process behind staged photography. Barbie, in her own right, can be seen as an early physical avatar, foreshadowing the virtual avatars prevalent in today's digital realm. Even contemporary video games draw upon the imaginative foundations laid by Barbie. Our upcoming exhibition proudly features the works of two distinguished anchor artists, Luca Gőbölyös ( and Suzanne Nagy ( alongside carefully curated selections from the submissions we received.

Curator's choice

Leena Holmström: Apple Tree Doll No. 1.

Nicole HouffBeauty Salon Barbie

The two curator's choice awards correspond to the classic Barbie images and the creative interpretations of the Barbie phenomenon.

Honourable mentions

Gary Justis and Lyzz Lundberg Sidebotham: Barbie Artifact #1

John KosmerBarbie On A Country Drive With Sal, Winky & Bailey

Susana Ghidara de Oeyen: Boa Constrictor

Exhibiting photographers

Laurie J. Blanksma (Hoquiam, WA, USA), Robert Brook (Shrewsbury, UK), Eva Brunner (Concept: Bernhard Kempen a.k.a. Barbara, Berlin, Germany), Stephen Burdett (Adelaide, Australia), Beki Cowey (Guisborough, UK), Tiffany Gholar (Chicago, IL, USA), Leena Holmström (Oulu, Finland), Nicole Houff (Minneapolis, MN, USA), Cynthia Isakson (Houston, TX, USA), Gary Justis and Lyzz Lundberg Sidebotham (Bloomington, IL, USA), Paul Kessel (New York, NY, USA), John Kosmer (Fly Creek, NY, USA), Tom Laurence (Urbana, IL, USA), Dan McCormack (Accord, NY, USA), Robert Morrissey (Portland, OR, USA), Susana Ghidara de Oeyen (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Léna Piani (Ajaccio, France), Bárbara Plesky (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Karen Safer (Playa del Rey, CA, USA), Elena Santucci (Corciano, Italy), Cerrina Smith (Cheyenne, WY, USA), Leanne Trivett S. (Johnson City, TN, USA), Ash van Dyck (Halls Gap, VIC, Australia), Ingrid-Nathalie Wizun (Montreuil, France)

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