Image Gallery: Piercing Portraits

Body piercing is a more widespread practice than the other forms of body art addressed in the exhibition. Ear piercing and nose piercing are especially commonplace among many different cultures. While the process of piercing can be significant in itself sections of the exhibition focus on the outcome of the process, that is, the jewellery associated with piercing and what it means. Many parts of the body can be pierced and there is a great array of jewellery associated with piercing. These photos show some of the people who participated in our Body Art exhibition at the Australian Museum in 2000.