Religious Barbie exhibition launches in Argentina amid controversy

An exhibition that represents religious icons through the use of Ken and Barbie, had already been delayed a year following protests in Buenos Aires. This week Emiliano Pool Paolini and Marianela Perelli finally unveiled Barbie: The Plastic Revolution, as part of the Saints and Sinners exhibition at a gallery in Buenos Aires’ La Boca district.

Controversial religious Barbie exhibition in Argentina sees Barbie as a religious effigy

Controversial religious Barbie exhibition in Argentina sees Barbie as a religious effigy Image by Vanessa Bell

The exhibition depicts Barbies in the guise of the 12 apostles and other religious figures from the bible, using the detailed and colourful paint work and decor associated with South American religious icons. There is also a collection of religious paintings that capture modern-day celebrities such as Johnny Depp and others who may have 'sinned'.

Paolini and Perelli, who both describe themselves as being religious people, said they were shocked by the controversy, and described the exhibition as capturing "effigies that were the Barbies of the pre-consumerist era" according to The Guardian. The exhibit is on until the end of November.

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