#SeeMySelfie

Online photography project

&

Exhibition 

THE WONDER INN & ONLINE
MAY 2016 - MAY 2017 

#SeeMySelfie was a month long social experiment exploring self portraiture, self representation and self-acceptance run by Girl Gang Manchester and Girl Gang Sheffield in May 2016. 

Do ‘selfies’ aid us in our quest for self acceptance and discovery, or do they simply drain our ability to be ‘present’ and content in the moment? Do we become reliant on selfies to give affirmation to our life experiences or appearance and are we becoming a society more enamoured with virtual likes than real life friendships? Are we empowered by being in control of the images we distribute or gradually becoming enslaved to them?

 

In May 2016 Girl Gang Manchester and Girl Gang Sheffield asked a variety of questions stemming from these debates through an online campaign called ‘See My Selfie’. Each day each participant reacted to a provocation and shared their image and thoughts through their social media platforms or, should they prefer, privately. Intentionally varied, these daily challenges spanned from the standard, ‘most flattering angle’ to the more unseen ‘unaltered body hair’. They knowingly addressed the ‘selfie angle’, socially contested bodies, the personality behind the filter and the fear of, reliance upon and problems with showing some skin.

 

The initial questions quickly became a collective journey and resulted in an online community, a powerful, beautifully printed zine and exhibitions in Sheffield and Manchester. Our Manchester show presented a selection of voices from the project alongside original art pieces responding to this exploration and discussion around self and representation. Three of the artists included were exhibitors from the Sheffield exhibition whilst three are works by Girl Gang Manchester zine contributors.

Featured artists in the Manchester exhibition: 

Seleena Laverne Daye

Irene Jade

Natalie Wardle

Charly Calpin

TokyoJo

CutesyHUGE

Search the hashtag #SeeMySelfie in images linked to @GirlGangMcr and @GirlGangSheffield to explore the many different responses the project encouraged. 

#SeeMySelfie online project documentary by Sophie Broadgate 
#SeeMySelfie Exhibition opening evening, video by Paul Wright