Returning to the basics of tattooing, this exhibition shows the renewed of this phenomenon in its now permanent and globalized manifestation. In so-called “primitive” and old societies from the Oriental, African and Oceanian countries, tattooing has a social, religious and mystical implication and goes along with the subject in their rituals of passage, making them part of the community. Inversely, in the West, tattoos have been seen for a long time as a mark of disgrace, criminal activity, a circus attraction (with the phenomenon of side shows) and as an identity mark for urban tribes.
Tattooists, Tattooed in Paris is divided into five main sections:
- From Global to Marginal: The exhibition begins with a map of tattooed people across the world, showing the vast extent of tattooing from Antiquity to the present day. Tattooists, tattooed and significant facts are collected in a chronology, in the style of a wall of fame, and retracing the history of tattooing.
- An Art in Movement: This section evokes the roots of tattooing in three creative areas: Japan, North America and Europe.
- New Skin: The Renewal of Traditional Tattooing: This section examines the renewal of these practices and their modern developments, concentrating particularly on the new schools of tattooing and the great masters of the following regions: New Zealand, Samoa, Polynesia (the Marquesas Islands, Tahiti, Hawaii), Borneo, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand.
– New Territories of the World: Indicating the dynamism in contemporary tattooing, new schools emerge constantly. In China, blending traditional and current images, the art of tattooing has recently resurfaced; while Latino and Chicano tattooing takes its inspiration in popular Americano-Mexican iconography.
- New Inking Styles
To end the exhibition, eight photographs of tattoos representing a new generation of tattooists illustrate original forms, compositions and characteristics; while the film Mainstream Mode examines current trends.
Brand-new works in Tattooists, Tattooed in Paris:
In addition, 32 works specifically produced for the exhibition are presented:
13 tattoos or imaginary projects have been produced by masters of the art – representatives of contemporary tattooing – on volumes representing legs, torsos and arms in silicone ;
Blank canvases have been given to 19 tattooists from the whole world in order to carry out tattooing projects. In the classic application of the Japanese bodysuit – a costume of traditional tattoos covering the body from wrists to ankles – tattooists have carried out these projects on canvas, with ink, acrylics, watercolours, graphite pencil or felt tip, with more or less realism.
Some of the works presented in the exhibition may be unsuitable for viewing by sensitive or younger visitors.
*From 06 May 2014 To 18 October
Quai Branly Museum
37, Quai Branly
Tél. : 01 56 61 70 00
Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday – 11 am – 7 pm
Tursday, Friday, Saturday – 11 am – 9 pm
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