A new exhibition exploring the unique art and culture of the indigenous Maori people of New Zealand will be opening at the Peabody Essex Museum later this month -- Body Politics, Maori Tattoo Today.
This exhibition features compelling full-length portrait photographs by Hans Neleman of Maori, the indigenous people of New Zealand, and their moko, facial and body tattooing, which is a sacred art of great personal and tribal meaning. Moko was outlawed for many years until 1962, and has recently undergone a resurgence.
Dominick Pangallo, Public Relations Associate at the Peabody, has provided us with a couple of sneak peaks for our readers.
Rawiri Poutu Te Rangi, 1998, New Zealand, Photo by Hans Neleman, © Hans Neleman/Rawiri Poutu Te Rangi.
Tame Wairere Iti, 1998, New Zealand, Photo by Hans Neleman, © Hans Neleman/Tame Wairere Iti.