The Selfie is explored in a new exhibition titled ‘From Selfie To Self-Expression’ at the Saatchi Gallery in London. This is a daring exploration of the history of the selfie from the old masters to the present. It opens at the Saatchi Gallery on 31st March 2017. The show will be the world’s first exhibition celebrating the truly creative potential of a form of expression often derided for its inanity.
The exhibition will highlight the emerging role of the smartphone as an artistic medium
The exhibition will highlight the emerging role of the smartphone as an artistic medium for self-expression through the commissioning ten exciting Young British Photographers to create new works using Huawei’s newest dual lens smartphones co-engineered with Leica, as part of their artistic practice. Reprising the spirit and energy of the Young British Artist movement first launched 25 years ago; the works of these Young British Photographers will go on display in a gallery dedicated to world-class smartphone photography. In this gallery, the focus will shift from Selfie to documenting the world around us as a contrasting form of Self-Expression.
Showing alongside examples of many influential artists’ work will be selfies that have quickly become icons of the digital era – from the beautiful and sublime to the mad, bad and downright dangerous. From Selfie to Self-Expression will showcase key artworks, many of which feature interactive, digital and user-generated content, by artists as diverse as Kutluğ Ataman, Christopher Baker, Juno Calypso, Tracey Emin, Van Gogh, Mohau Modisakeng, Rembrandt, Cindy Sherman, Gavin Turk and Velazquez.
To coincide with the exhibition, Saatchi Gallery offers artists, photographers, and enthusiasts around the globe a chance to show their most creative selfies internationally, and have their work exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery, as part of the competition #SaatchiSelfie. The #SaatchiSelfie competition will be judged by a panel of renowned artists and forward-thinkers. In addition to having their selfie showcased at the Saatchi Gallery as part of From Selfie to Self-Expression the ten shortlisted winners will also receive Huawei’s newest smartphone, and the overall winner will receive a priceless photographic experience, to be announced at a later date. The overall winner of the #SaatchiSelfie Competition will be announced at the show’s launch in London on 30th March 2017.
From Selfie to Self-Expression Saatchi Gallery London from 31st March – 30th May 2017