10 September 2016 at 11h00
Although, in our digitally obsessed world it seems as if we invented the selfie. Our fascination with our own image must surely date to the first proto-human recognizing themselves in a reflecting puddle – an existential moment indeed. A sense of self is central to our consciousness and is profoundly important to our lives but it can become a problem – Narcissus is the perfect example.
Smartphones have made the selfie ubiquitous, shared on social media in their millions every day but artists are still excited by the self-portrait, whose lineage runs, in the West, unbroken from Van Eyck through Rembrandt, Kauffman, Goya, van Gogh, Picasso, Kahlo, Warhol and countless others.
This invitational exhibition is a new look at the self-portrait in the age of the selfie.