Body modifications like tattoos, piercings and make-up can be seen every day on the street. The body, and in particular the skin, serves as a canvas to give form to yourself, to transform and show who you are. It is an important means of expressing identity. With Body Art the Tropenmuseum presents an exhibition about body modifications in the widest sense, from make-up and tattoos to implants below the skin and surgical changes. Across time and cultures. The central question is – why do people alter their body?
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