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Show Your Hand

A short study of the palm.
Words by Rhian Sasseen. Photograph by Mar + Vin. Styling by Maika Mano. Jewelry by Andrea Conti. Makeup by Lucas Lisboa.

An open palm is a kind of paradox, isn’t it? It’s so inviting, so yielding: “Hands up, ” after all, is the international motion for surrender. But there’s also a parallel universe of symbolism—a sense of mystery—hidden within that soft flesh. There can be an appeal to divinity in the open palm, a belief in a higher power. Look at all those saints in Christian art, their palms raised to the sky as they exhort God. The open palm can

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This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-Five

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