Human Exceptionalism

Human Skin “Art” to Hang Someday in Australian National Gallery?

A tattooed man plans to donate his skin to the Australian National Gallery when he dies. From the story:

An Australian man whose body is covered in tattoos has pledged to donate his skin to the National Gallery when he dies. Retired teacher Geoff Ostling displays his tattooed skin at his home in Sydney, Australia. The 65-year-old has pledged to donate his skin to the National Gallery in Canberra after his death…

“People can be squeamish about it. Portraits painted on human skin hang in galleries around the world. They don’t tell you that, of course, and valuable books were also covered in human skin.”

Be that as it may, I hope the National Gallery refuses the donation. Hanging the man’s skin would along the line of the “cadaver sex art,” we discussed here at SHS last week. Respect for human exceptionalism and the dignity of human life would be hindered if we treated a dead human as akin to a bear skin rug.

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