Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Controversial Depictions of Jesus Christ and Virgin Mary as Ken and Barbie for the Upcoming Barbie Exhibit: “Barbie, The Plastic Religion”

Marianela Perelli and Pool Paolini, is the artists behind who produced the 33 controversial Ken and Barbie doll collection by depicting several religious figures, including Christianity on the spotlight representing the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ, as well as Judaism and Islam and Argentine religious folklore figures. Yet the artists held back on creating a doll of the Prophet Muhammed, since the Aniconism in Islam proscribes the creation of images of sentient living beings. For the upcoming Barbie Exhibit “Barbie, The Plastic Religion” on October 11 at the Argentine Capitol, Buenos Aires
Marianela Perelli and Pool Paolini, is the artists behind who produced the 33 controversial Ken and Barbie doll collection by depicting several religious figures, including Christianity on the spotlight representing the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ, as well as Judaism and Islam and Argentine religious folklore figures. Yet the artists held back on creating a doll of the Prophet Muhammed, since the Aniconism  in Islam proscribes the creation of images of sentient living beings. For the upcoming Barbie Exhibit “Barbie, The Plastic Religion” on October 11 at the Argentine Capitol, Buenos Aires 
Barbie and Ken Collections for the upcoming event - Barbie, The Plastic Religion

Wayback in time, the artists has been known for creating dolls in the resemblance of bulging Argentine figures from sports to politics, including Jaun and Eva Perón, the famous soccer star Diego Maradonna and Leopoldo Galtieri the former General and President who ordered the invasion of the Falkland Islands in 1982 which lead to his defeat and downfall.

The creators must have thought that “If there’s a Barbie doctor, a teacher and a police officer, why shouldn’t there be a Virgin Mary Barbie?” before creating the religious figures.

According to their website, “In a world where we’re rewarded for thinking, feeling and acting all the same” the artist's motive is to use humor to “highlight a fictional, historical, religious, political and universe where their elders are trapped.”

The Barbie doll collection for the upcoming art exhibit adapted the Virgin of Lourdes, Joan of Arc, and Mary Magdalene. 

Ken, on the other hand, represents the Crucified Jesus, Saints Joseph, Sebastian, Roch and Buddha.

However, yesterday, the artists through a Facebook Status, said that they have decided to remove the 33 Ken and Barbie dolls adaptations of various religious figures 

With deep regret and with immense helplessness that surrounds us, we report that we have decided to withdraw from the exhibition 33 pieces (sculptures made with Barbie dolls) that are part of the exhibition “Barbie: The Plastic Religion”.

And professes that they never wanted nor’ intends to offend any religion.

We have taken this action because we believe that the meaning of the work has been misinterpreted and especially distorted. From our vision and as artists, we never wanted to hurt the feelings of people of faith, regardless of the religion they profess.