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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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