Saatchi Gallery has announced details of their forthcoming From Selfie to Self-Expression exhibition, the first of its kind to explore the history of the selfie from old masters to the present day – a timely celebration and exploration of a means of expression that is often derided for its inanity as well as it’s vapidity. The exhibition will run from 31 March until 30 May 2017.
Artists showcased in the exhibition include Kutluğ Ataman, Christopher Baker, Juno Calypso, Tracey Emin, Van Gogh, Mohau Modisakeng, Rembrandt, Cindy Sherman, Gavin Turk and Velazquez.
From early portraiture to now ubiquitous Instagram photos, selfies have become the most common way we present ourselves to the world.
In response to this the show will highlight the central role of the smartphone as a medium for self-expression and have commission ten “Young British Photographs”, a nod to the storied Young British Artist movement, to create new works using Huawei’s newest dual lens smartphones
Nigel Hurst, CEO Saatchi Gallery, said: “In many ways, the selfie represents the epitome of contemporary culture’s transition into a highly digitalised and technologically advanced age as mobile phone technology has caught up with the camera. We are thrilled to be collaborating with Huawei on From Selfie to Self-Expression.”
Coinciding with the exhibition, Saatchi Gallery and Huawei have announced details of #SaatchiSelfie competition. The ten shortlisted winners, as judged by a panel of artists, will have their selfie showcased in the exhibition. You can find out more at http://www.saatchigallery.com/selfie
Saatchi Gallery and Huawei present From Selfie to Self-Expression will run from 31 March until 30 May 2017.