Selfie: not all selfies are art selfies

Thursday, 14 November 2013


Not all selfies are art selfies.

Participating artists: Ann Hirsch, Anthony Antonellis, Candy Chen Shuhui, Claudia Mate, Emilio Gomariz, Francoise Gamma, Gaby Cepeda, James Kerr, Jeff Baij, Jennifer Chan, Jeremy Bailey, Jesse Darling, Johana Brubeck, JUST DO IT, Maja Malou Lyse, Marisa Olson, Mary­Rachel Kostreva, Michael Manning, Molly Soda, Organ Armani, Rick Silva, Sara Ludy, Shana Moulton & Steph Davidson

Selfies are self­portraits usually taken with a phone camera, webcam or digital camera to be posted, shared online via social medias and photo sharing services. According to the internet, the term selfie was coined in 2005 by Jim Krause in his book Photo Idea Index. Flickr had a selfie group in 2007 that was created after its administrator exchanged with Krause about his upcoming never coming book of selfie images. Some people see selfies as a symbol of vanity, others as a symbol of a generation’s lack of taste.

Curators of National #Selfie Portrait Gallery, Marina Galperina and Kyle Chayka highlight that self ­portraiture as a medium allows explorations of the social self in performative ways and also, intimate as in cathartic for artists as well as non­artists. However, Kennard Philips denotes that selfie as a concept can be define more broadly with his Tony Blair taking a selfie in front of an explosion in Irak photomontage.