Stories in Self-Portraits is an exhibition that grew out of the Ph.D. dissertation of Tim Gorichanaz, a student in the College of Computing & Informatics, on the intersection of art and information and exploring the experiences of local artists making their own self-portraits and the process involved.
Nowadays, selfies are everywhere. As a global digital genre, the selfie “expresses, develops, expands and intensifies the long history of the self-portrait,” according to visual theorist Nicholas Mirzoeff. The self-portrait has been called the defining artistic genre of modernity, growing in popularity and importance since the 15th century. It has been at the forefront of cultural development, influencing society’s and individuals’ sense of identity and selfhood. But the nature of the self-portrait remains elusive.
The dictionary defines self-portrait as “a self-made portrait of oneself.” And yet the depictions in self-portraits do not necessarily look like the artists or represent things that actually happened. The idea “of oneself,” then, must be understood more broadly than mere appearances. This exhibition invites you to explore local artists’ experiences making self-portraits to discover the depth of what “of oneself” can mean.
This exhibition is open to the public. For more information, visit the exhibition’s homepage.