Saturday, Mar 01, 2014 3:00p -
263 Pearl St
Cambridge, MA 02139
Art, Lectures & Conferences
Reflecting on Christina Balch's Gallery 263 exhibition "Awake", Selfies in Feminist Art will give visitors a chance to discuss self-portraiture in feminist art and its relationship to the contemporary phenomenon of "selfies" in social media.
When Christina studied art in school, she was deeply moved by women artists who used their own image and bodies in feminist art during the 1960s and 70s. She combines this feminist aesthetic with smart phone technology to create the "Awake" project, a series of selfies, on display at Gallery 263 through March 8.
A "selfie" is a digital self-portrait taken with a smart phone camera and usually distributed via social networks on the internet. Jerry Saltz, NY art critic, recently dubbed selfies the newest art genre. "What I love about selfies is that we then do a second thing after making them: We make them public. Which is, again, something like art."
Feminist Art Discussion Points:
- Why is self-portraiture important to feminist art from the 1960s and 70s?
- How can we relate self-portraiture from 50 years ago to contemporary selfies?
- How can the selfie be used by contemporary feminist artists?
Art & Technology Discussion Points:
- How is the selfie changing photography?
- Is the selfie a legitimate art genre?
- How is technology affecting art distribution and accessibility?
"Awake" imaginatively explores the unexceptional act of waking up in the morning. Centering on themes of identity and subconsciousness, Balch and Duehr use photography and domestic objects to divulge their waking moments.
Christina Balch's 27-foot wall installation, "Awake", features hundreds of small self-portraits taken with the artist's mobile phone at the time of waking every morning. Drawing inspiration from self-portraiture in feminist art, Balch builds on the subject through documentations of herself at a time when there are no conscious preparations for a self-portrait.