Selfies can portray everything from our current #mood and state of mind, to our ongoing quest to find a partner. They’re as old as humanity itself.
As part of Selfie to Self-Expression, a new exhibition at Saatchi London, artworks showcasing the diverse notion of the selfie have been put on display, with everyone from Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Gavin Turk to Velazquez, Christopher Baker and Cindy Sherman on show.
Running parallel to the main exhibition was a #SaatchiSelfie competition, which gave artists, photographers and selfie-enthusiasts the opportunity to show their most creative selfies to a powerhouse panel including Tracey Emin, Idris Khan, Juergen Teller, Juno Calypso and Saatchi Gallery CEO Nigel Hurst. “In many ways, the selfie represents the epitome of contemporary culture’s transition into a highly digitalised and technologically advanced age as mobile phone technology has caught up with the camera,” said Hurst.
The panel sifted through 14,000 selfies from 113 countries to create a shortlist of ten of their favourite images, before choosing London-based photographer Dawn Wooley as the winner.
From Selfie To Self-Expression is at Saatchi Gallery until 30 May