Men : Women & Symbols

The Old Courthouse

6 - 15 July 2018
11:00am - 9:00pm

Free to Attend

A photography exhibition showcasing Sarawak’s band of new game changers, and the stories behind traditional tattoos.


In Dayak culture, spirits embody everything around us – animals, plants, and humans – and an important way to connect with these spirits is through tattoos. The designs reflect this – intricately combining images of animals, plants and humans. All the traditional tattoos, touched by spirits, offer protection to the wearers and are the means for the Gods to see the humans.

Photographer Hasse Sode Hamid photographs Sarawak’s game changers working in collaboration with tribal tattoo artist Jeremy Lo. Lo is an artist who looks at various aspects of Borneo – carvings, structures, boats, weapons, dress, language, and more – to create his designs. In this collaboration, the tattoos are printed on to the photographs and show emerging and influential Sarawakians with their tribal histories.

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