Large-format portraits by Dutch-born artist Hans Neleman depict contemporary Maori men and women whose facial or body tattoos express individual, family, and tribal identity. The traditional art of Maori tattooing, once suppressed under colonial rule, has undergone a resurgence as New Zealand’s Maori reassert their cultural traditions.
Image Caption: Hans Neleman (Dutch, b. 1960). Parangi Hillman (Iwi: Ngai Tuhoe) “This ta moko represents my Maori identiy and my Christian faith,” 1999. Digital print, satin finish K-3 on aluminum. Gift of Hans Neleman, 2017.