Saatchi Gallery and Huawei announce From Selfie to Self-Expression to be
extended until 6th September 2017
Following the huge success of From Selfie to Self-Expression, Saatchi Gallery and Huawei are delighted to announce an extension to the popular exhibition. Having opened at the Saatchi Gallery on 31st March 2017, the show is the world’s first exhibition exploring the history of the selfie from the old masters to the present day, and celebrates the truly creative potential of a form of expression often derided for its inanity.
From Selfie to Self-Expression showcases key artworks, many of which feature interactive, digital and user-generated content, by artists as diverse as Christopher Baker, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Juno Calypso, Tracey Emin, Van Gogh, Mohau Modisakeng, Rembrandt, Cindy Sherman, Gavin Turk and Velazquez. Showing alongside examples of many influential artists’ work are selfies that have quickly become icons of the digital era – from the beautiful and sublime to the mad, bad and downright dangerous.
The show highlights the emerging role of the smartphone as an artistic medium for self-expression through the commissioning of ten exciting young British photographers to create new works using Huawei’s recently launched P10 dual lens smartphone co-engineered with Leica, as part of their artistic practice. Reprising the spirit and energy of the Young British Artist movement first launched 25 years ago; the works of these young British photographers are on display in a gallery dedicated to world-class smartphone photography. In this gallery the focus shifts from Selfie to documenting the world and those around us as a contrasting form of Self-Expression.
Huawei’s partnership with the Saatchi Gallery is a demonstration of its commitment to supporting creative expression through photography everywhere. It follows the launch last year of the game- changing Huawei P Series smartphones which reinvented smartphone photography with the world’s first dual-lens camera co-engineered with iconic camera brand Leica.
“We hope that this new #SelfExpression competition encourages everyone with a smartphone to realise their potential by using it as an artistic tool, and will inspire them to document their daily lives with even more range, diversity and creative vigour.“
“The level of engagement with the #SaatchiSelfie Competition was amazing. People from all parts of the world displayed incredible levels of creativity and in many cases shared some deeply personal images. When we set the challenge we hoped the public would take an expansive view of the idea of ‘selfie’, and the photography we got back absolutely lived up to the founding ideas behind the competition and the exhibition.“