In 1998, Dutch-born, New York–based photographer Hans Neleman traveled to New Zealand to document a revival of facial tattooing, or “moko,” among the nation’s Maori after decades of government repression of indigenous traditions. My review of his 30 large-format photos on view in “Body Politics: Maori Tattoo Today" at the Peabody Essex Museum is here.
“Body Politics: Maori Tattoo Today,” Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, Feb. 23, 2008, to Feb. 1, 2009.
Pictured from top to bottom: Hans Neleman’s photos of “Laurent (Piata) Heenan” and “Tame Wairere Iti,” both 1998, and copyright Neleman and the subjects.
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