Selfie: The Fine Art of Portraiture
Exhibition: April 3rd – 9th, 2014
SELFIE – The Fine Art of Self Portraiture explores both the tradition of self-portraiture as well as the current social media phenomenon dominating mainstream culture. Recently the word, ‘selfie’ was celebrated as the official and international Word of the Year of 2013 by the Oxford Dictionaries in both the UK and US.
“Selfie (n)- A photo that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smart phone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.”
A newly recognized genre of portraiture, selfie represents the continued evolution of self-portraiture in the digital age. More accessible than perhaps any other form of photography, the selfie emphasizes the agency of the photographer. The choice to photograph the self and subsequently disseminate the image across the Internet is an intimate performative act that takes control over the relationship between the self and the viewer. As an art form, the selfie is characterized by qualities that typify the 21st century: speed, accessibility, ubiquity and an ambiguous relationship between the private and public sphere. By nature of the ease with which a selfie is ‘made’, the genre serves as a new entry point into the genre of self portraiture.
The SELFIE exhibition features an array of mediums that displays both conventional and new forms of portraiture. A few of the mediums include: photography, film, collage, painting, drawing, needlepoint, ready-made and sculpture.