What is it about?
It is the images in our minds that direct us and determine our communication but we are often not aware of them. In the Barbie-Free Zone Goes Public! project based in Vorarlberg in western Austria, Barbie dolls, which have been on the market for fifty years now, are used to illustrate the position of women in society and politics. In order to deal with simplified images of women, in 2008 girls and professional women worked together to create a professional exhibition concept, which is linked with political and feminist educational work in the best sense. Predominant images of women are questioned over the course of ten stages in the exhibition, including “Barbie doesn’t work. All about instilled femininity” or “Barbie is willing. All about power and sexuality.” As peers, the girls guide visitors around the exhibition. In the meantime, the exhibition has also been held in other places, mainly within the state of Vorarlberg but also in Vienna and Switzerland.