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Kali Barbie? We’re Not Sure How We Feel About This

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Yes, it’s really Barbie Kali, severed head and all. We’re not sure how we feel about this but we can’t take our eyes off of it. Kali Barbie isn’t the latest addition to Mattel’s toy store offerings. It’s actually part of a 33 Barbie and Ken doll art installation by Argentinian artists Pool Paolini and Marianela Perelli.

Entitled “Barbie, the Plastic Religion” the show, which will be on display in Buenos Aires starting October 11th, is causing some controversy because not only is Kali been morphed into Barbie-fication, other religious figures from Catholicism, Judaism, Buddhism and Islam will also be represented in all their plastic glory. The Virgin Mary, Jesus Christ and the Difunta Correa all get their chance to shine in doll form.

The artists explain their idea: “If there’s a Barbie doctor, a teacher and a police officer, why shouldn’t there be a Virgin of Luján Barbie?”

Not everyone is pleased. Via Swide.com:

Since then the Barbie Difunta Correa has especially stirred up a controversy in San Juan, Argentina, where a life-size statue of the sacred figure is homed: “This is so out of place, this is a figure of faith which we care for very much and it is why we patented her image and name years ago” a local man told the media.
The artists told BBC Mundo that it wasn’t their intention to disrespect any beliefs and that they have “nothing against religion”.

For some reason we find this really intriguing. Flipping things on their heads, so to speak, (and not just because we’re yogis) has always been fascinating, especially in art, making us think about things differently. It also feels so very wrong, which we think is kind of the point.

What do you think about the idea and Barbie Kali?

For those unfamiliar, Kali is the Hindu goddess of death, time, and change.


13 comments… add one
  • Will there be a Shiva Ken doll?

  • paul

    just in time for navaratri! kali is dear! ma is help!

  • VQ2

    Never a more fitting tribute to the Kali Yuga …
    (Potential or possible) crass materialism and realizing the age we’re in.

    This is doll prototype design, but with a message …

  • The Ken Sidartha is also pretty stellar. I think it’s an interesting comment by the artist, and much deeply layered than it is made out to be. Which, I agree, is the point. I’m still sitting with this idea a day after the initial post..

  • James

    The people who find this offensive are the same people who show up uninvited and unexpected to a party and ruin the vibe.

  • paul

    the piece is withdrawn, https://www.facebook.com/PoolyMarianela/posts/381219822030027 all praise to the dark one; she gives light!

  • I love it! The more it messes with my mind, the happier I am!

  • Susan Linda


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