by Jen Graves
on Fri, May 9, 2014 at 1:15 PM
The Musée du Quai Branly in Paris is doing it like this:
The body parts are brightly-lit, suspended in space and they can be viewed from different angles. The silicone looks and feels like human flesh. The molds were taken from living models and their realistic rendering — with veined arms and wrinkled joints — gives them an eerie power. Also created for the exhibition are 19 tattoo designs painted by contemporary tattooers on body suits, hung throughout the exhibition. ...
Even more unsettling is a swath of preserved human skin from Laos that dates from the 19th or 20th century. It looks like brown shoe leather and contains colorful tattoos of animals and mythical monsters. And an undated mummified hand and forearm from Peru sports a tattoo made with an iron ring.