Becoming more

Becoming More Myself:  Reclamation through Tattoo Art


The next exhibition "Becoming More Myself: Reclamation through Tattoo Art" will open alongside the Central to the Arts Festival this Saturday, April 6th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. On behalf of the Art Museum of the University of Memphis, I would like to extend a formal invitation to our exhibition opening reception happening 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the Art Museum (see the invite below for details). Please contact me if you have any questions. Take care and I hope to see you all there.

“Becoming More Myself” presents visual and narrative representations of body and identity reclamation through tattoo art. Co-curators Vanessa Waites, a professional tattoo artist who holds MA in anthropology from the U of M and Caroline Warner, a current MA anthropology student, collaborated with photographer and U of M alum Emma (Chuck) Wilson to interview and photograph 18 volunteer participants whose stories explore gender, body image, trauma, and ways in which bodies can become spaces for achieving physical, psychological and social transformation and self-acceptance. The exhibition also explores changing perspectives on tattoos and their acceptability in contemporary culture in relation to social norms of beauty, gender and self-image.