The One Exhibition You Need to See This Spring…

Written  by Chloe Laws


Do you love a cheeky #selfie? Then this exhibition is an absolute must-see!

The Saatchi Gallery will explore “From Selfie to Self-Expression” with artwork ranging from Vincent van Gogh to Tracey Emin, as well as selfies from the general public. Because your face is a masterpiece!

Saatchi Gallery and Huawei have joined forces to offer artists, photographers, and enthusiasts around the world a chance to present their most creative selfies internationally, and have their work exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery as part of the #SaatchiSelfie competition.

Here’s exactly what you can expect to see… “This international competition offers a chance to be part of a worldwide cultural phenomenon and for entrants to express themselves, by exploring and advancing the creative potential of the selfie today.”

The winner will be announced at the show’s official launch on March 30th, and 10 runners-up with receive Huawei’s latest smartphone edition.

The exhibition opens on March 31st until May 30th, and will span across an entire floor of the gallery. It will be exploring “the history of the selfie from Velazquez to the present day, while celebrating the truly creative potential of a form of expression often derided for its inanity.”

The chance to get your face featured has now passed, but you never know, you could see one of your Instagram followers on the walls of the Saatchi! Entries are vast and eclectic, from those featuring Snapchat filters to sketches and old school mirror shots. Basically, anything goes.

Selfies have been seen as narcissistic acts of presenting one’s self in an untrue or unrealistic fashion by many, but the Saatchi is aiming to prove that it is in fact a true form of self-expression. Famous selfies will include those taken by Barack Obama, David Cameron, Kim Kardashian and ‘that’ group shot from the Academy Awards.

Nigel Hurst, CEO of The Saatchi Gallery said, “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. The exhibition will present a compelling insight into the history and creative potential of the selfie.”

Check out the exhibition while it lasts, and be sure to snap a selfie while you’re there for some serious inception! A selfie within a gallery of selfies. The mind boggles