By Deborah Hill
From a bride’s nose piercing on her wedding day to a Yamatji woman’s tattoo of the spirit of all Aboriginal women – the meanings behind body art are as diverse as the people who create and wear them. In this new book Body Art by Deborah Hill, a little-known part of the National Library of Australia’s collection comes to life – body decoration dating from our early history right through to contemporary today. These images are complemented in the book by other works from leading photographers. All the images document some form of altered skin, from tattoos to scars, paintings to piercings and are worn proudly by a diverse range of people – even librarians.
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