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      news Felix Petty 27 February 2017

      the saatchi gallery want to see your best selfie

      As part of their upcoming exhibition, the London institution are running a competition to find the best selfie.

      Frida Kahlo Self-Portrait With Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird. Courtesy Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / DACS / Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin

      What was Frida Kahlo's favourite Snapchat filter? Did Van Gogh use a selfie stick? What did Rembrant upload to his Instagram Story? All this and more may well be answered at the Saatchi Gallery's upcoming exhibition, From Selfie to Self-Expression. The exhibition will trace a route from classical self-portraiture through to the works of Kim Kardashian, and young British photographers who explore self-portraiture via contemporary art.

      Juno Calypso, Tracey Emin, Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, Rembrandt, Cindy Sherman, Gavin Turk and Velazquez, will be joined by icons of the digital age; a series of lols photographs, like that time Benedict Cumberbatch did a photobomb behind U2, or that image of about 1000 people all taking a selfie in front of Hillary Clinton, or that picture of Michelle Obama looking pissed whilst Barack, the Prime Minister of Denmark, and David Cameron all took a selfie.

      Read: Juno Calypso's staged self-portraits reveal the hidden labour of women behind bathroom doors.

      Barack Obama selfie with Danish Prime Minister Courtesy ROBERTOSCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Image

      What's best about the whole thing though, is the fact that you join be joining them all in the exhibition. All you need to do is get out your phone, take a selfie, and submit. The Saatchi Gallery will choose the best one, which will become part of the exhibition. There will also be 10 runners up, each of whom will win a cameraphone courtesy of the exhibition's sponsors Huawei.

      The exhibition will open from 31 March - 23 July 2017. Get pouting. Get snapping. Enter here.

      Hillary Clinton Group Selfie © Barbara Kinney/Hillary for America

      Rembrandt van Rijn Self-Portrait with Two Circlesc. Courtesy Kenwood House, Iveagh Bequest/English Heritage

      Actor Benedict Cumberbatch jumps behind U2 at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California. CourtesyMike Blake / Reuters


      Text Felix Petty

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