With the rise of selfies and their increasing accessibility on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, it’s inevitable to see an art exhibit devoted to the selfie. A recent discussion topic was the controversial use of a selfie by Rolling Stone Magazine. This week, two Brooklyn-based curators, Kyle Chayka and Marina Galperina, launched an installation, National #Selfie Portrait Gallery (a snide allusion to Britain’s National Portrait Gallery that houses portraits of important and famous British people) at London’s Moving Image Art Fair. The installation includes works by emerging American and British artists who comment on the idea of the selfie. Read a short article in the Atlantic Monthly and watch a short trailer about the art show. Lastly, take a look at a manipulated selfie that makes it look like Britain’s former Prime Minister Tony Blair is taking a self-portrait in front of burning Iraqi oil fields. The selfies in the art installation and the fake selfie of Tony Blair both suggest selfies can be viewed as a type of performance. What do you think? Are selfies art? Are you performing when you take a selfie?
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