Our next project focuses on Self Portraits. Are modern day selfies the same as artistic self-portraits? We know art critics like Jerry Saltz have hailed the likes of Kim Kardashian as a millennial genius for her latest selfie project. It is arguable that her photographs represent a generation or can claim legitimacy in the art world, but it’s quite clear that she has made an impact and continues to shape a particular type of imagery that fetishizes the body and begs larger questions about body politics.
Charlotte Cotton once said, “The internet does not adhere to the inherent, necessary asymmetry of high-versus-low-art categorizations that we use in the cultural sector: in a banal sense, all photographs on the Web are orphans ready to be claimed.” In this way, what are we saying with the images we make…and how will they be claimed by the public?