Barbie doll present at Albuquerque Dwelling causes a stir
ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – Albuquerque City Code enforcement and police were called to a house near the University of New Mexico after people complained about a bizarre display of Barbie dolls in their neighbor’s backyard. The homeowner calls the interesting exhibition of Barbie dolls art; Others call it vulgar.
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“I call them the Barbies and Bondage,” said homeowner and artist David, who refused to give his last name. He didn’t want to show his face, but he wanted to show his collection of Barbies hanging on his front wall. “I had a lot of time to look at the people walking by wearing masks, and I was taking telephotos of the people wearing masks,” David said.
David said the ad was not a political statement but a statement about the pandemic. Putting glass on Barbie’s face as a mask, taping nails in the side of her arms where the vaccine goes, and he said the red color highlights medical pain and vaccine issues. “All of this art is about truth versus lies,” said David.
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But that’s not all. David’s front yard is full of computers, televisions, and other electronic devices with the word “Lies” painted on them and signs hanging from a tree. One reads “NM Slave State”. Not everyone is a fan of David’s work.
“I find it really unsuitable for children and also for myself,” said a neighbor named Antonio, who refused to show his face or use his last name. Antonio said his family is uncomfortable with the exhibit walking past the house. “I mean, I love art, so any other type of art would be great, but leaving naked dolls with masks on the sidewalk is not appropriate,” Antonio said.
“It’s definitely a little graphic, but at the same time, if you think about it, you can go outside and find artwork that looks like this or more explicitly or graphically,” said neighbor Jett Vitali.
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For other neighbors, they said it was their neighbor’s freedom of expression. “That is something that a person can convey through an artistic medium how they feel about a certain topic,” said Vitali.
A city law inspector stopped by the house to check it out, but was told the display is not breaking the code because it is on private property. The city added that it was a form of free expression. The city said it received three separate complaints a few years ago about another art exhibition that David was doing.