Selfie art exhibit looks at cultural phenomenon

BIDDEFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- There's a reason "selfie" was added to the Oxford Dictionary, and named the "word of the year."

We are a society of selfie-takers: picking up a camera, turning it around, and snapping photographs of ourselves.

But a new art exhibit in Biddeford asks if the selfie has made us self-obsessed.

The Engine on Main Street in Biddeford features the Self/selfie art collection, which includes self-portraits and selfies.

Art curator Donna McNeil said she put out the call to the community to submit selfies for the exhibit, and received an overwhelming response.

"Everyone loves themselves, right?" she laughed.

On Thursday night, the exhibit also featured a panel discussion about the impact the selfie has had in art and culture.

Jessica May, Curator of Modern Art at the Portland Museum of Art, said the selfie doesn't qualify as an art form, because she said it does not necessarily take skill.

"The rise of the selfie culture has really changed the nature of making an image of yourself, and made it less of an artistic expression and more of a cultural phenomenon," said May.

The panel also discussed whether selfies have made us a society of narcissists.

"People are very concerned with branding themselves these days," said McNeil. "They're very concerned with being seen."

And after the advent of the reverse-facing camera on a mobile device, it's never been easier to be seen, and have control of your image.

The Self/selfie exhibit is running until July 19.


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