Trick or Tweet: ArtActivistBarbie as Trickster

Sarah Williamson, Elizabeth Williamson

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This article introduces ‘ArtActivistBarbie’, a modern day Trickster who draws upon the Trickster archetype and traditions found in folklore and myth. This involves the provocative staging of Barbie dolls in national art museums and galleries as ‘ArtActivistBarbie’, a fearless feminist activist. Thousands follow ArtActivistBarbie on Twitter, enjoying her performative work in what she describes as ‘Patriarchal Palaces of Painting’, and which is often served with a dash of wit. Her subversive, playful disruption and creative interventions asks questions and raises issues about gender and the inequalities in many public art collections. There is a need for more contemporary female Tricksters such as ArtActivistBarbie to illuminate and challenge societal injustice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321-335
Number of pages15
JournalPeace Review
Issue number2
Early online date16 Mar 2023
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2023


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