A piece of excellent news hot off the presses —  Saatchi Gallery’s collaborative exhibition with Huawei Mobile From Selfie to Self-Expression will remain on view until Sunday, 23 July due to popular demand.

Hannah Starkey, 2017, C-type lambda print, 60 x 45 cm, © Hannah Starkey

That means, whether you’ve already gotten immersed or just really have been meaning to do so, there’s still over a month to catch (or re-catch) this unprecedented exploration of personhood and identity.

Ultimate Shark Selfie, © Aaron ‘Bertie’ Gekoski

The show conceives of the self as something enduring, utterly crucial and fluid. A theme extolled on and ached over by old masters for centuries; a notion more poignant, liberated and shared today than ever before; an arena for technology to flood and transmute into the future.

Vincent Van Gogh, Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, 1889, Oil on canvas, 60.5 x 50 cm, © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

Visual manifestations of selves past, present, famous and imagined spin the human story in a way we’ve always manged to control, through oil portraits on canvas, sculptural replicas and front-facing smartphone cameras among other means. Though in studying others’ outer introspections we often find contingent, revelatory details leaking out, ill-kept secrets and taboos and bits of  unsuspected alter-egos. New information about our own predilections and inner clockwork orange mechanics.

Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #10, 1977 Gelatin silver print 20.3 x25.4 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York

In short, you’ll learn a fair deal about you, too, while embracing a self-contrived rainbow reflection of the human condition and prospecting on how we’ll display ourselves in decades to come. Not a bad way to pass the time.
As ever, entry is free.
Emily Catrice
Cover photo: Juno Calypso, Honeymoon Suite, 2015, Archival Pigment Print, 52 x 102 cm, Edition of 5 + 2 AP, Image courtesy of the artistand TJ Boulting Gallery

Daniel Rozin, Mirror No. 12, 2013, Video camera, custom software, computer, projector and MDF ellipse on screen, Dimensions variable, Edition of 6, 1 AP, Courtesy Bitformsgallery, New York


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