shaped for life?

27 September 2013 – 6 July 2014

The exhibition “Make-up – Shaped for Life?” explores the practice of body modification in all its forms. Body decoration is a feature common to all cultures and ages. Making alterations to the body and skin appears to be something basically human. People do it to express belonging to a specific group, with the intention of matching an ideal or in the hope of re-inventing themselves and setting themselves apart from others. What do individuals do to their skin and bodies – how far are they prepared to go? The exhibition covers the full range of practices from make-up, body painting, tat¬toos, piercing, scarification to complete body transformation.