Talk - The Curated Ego: What Makes a Good Selfie?
03 January 2014
The ‘selfie’ (self-taken portrait photograph) has risen to prominence in 2013, taking over social media channels and causing a scandal at Nelson Mandela’s funeral. The term was even named the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year, and The National Portrait Gallery is now posing the question ‘What Makes a Good Selfie?’ in a public talk on January the 16th at the Ondaatje Wing Theatre.
The discussion aims to re-evaluate the role of the self-portrait in the age of Instagram and Twitter, as a panel of academics and practicing photographers investigate questions of personal identity and its relationship with memory. The talk will question the validity of the ‘selfie’ and consider where the boundaries lie between classic self-portraiture and online personal documentation.
The event will explore one of the first recorded selfie’s in 1914 by Anastasia Nikolaevna and track it’s progression to widespread use in 2013, whilst considering the technological improvement of digital cameras to enable us to construct how we want to be perceived. With artist’s presentations from Rosie Martin and discussions chaired by Annebella Pollen, this talk is not to be missed!
The panel discussion coincides with the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, which offers an exciting overview of the potential of portraiture! Free spaces at the event will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so be sure to arrive early to secure your place.