237.130_A2_W4_Task 4B_Image selection

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Kardashian, Kim. Selfish. Digital image. All The Right. N.p., 2014. Web. 13 Apr. 2016.

“Selfish” a book of selfies authored by Kim Kardashian. Assuming it features her best work, Kardashian highlights Mirzoeff’s performance of the “celebrity selfie” for a digital circle to maintain and expand her popularity and fame. She represents herself in a light that supports the outdated but standard conventions of beauty, in an effort to gain the desired response of being deemed beautiful.

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Kahlo, Frida. Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird. Digital image. Harry Ransom Center. The University of Texas at Austin, 1940. Web. 13 Apr. 2016.

Frida Kahlo incorporates her tradition and culture in her work as well as the depiction of the uncompromising female form. Kahlo uses the self-portrait as an expression of identity, Mirzoeff mentions Halberstam’s “female masculinity” as a way some women identify with, Kahlo’s work unconventional at the time, reflect how gender is imposed on the body by others.

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Thorning-Schmidt, Obama, and Cameron Selfie. Digital image. BBC. N.p., 10 Dec. 2013. Web. 13 Apr. 2016.

Some question the propriety of the Thorning-Schmidt, Obama, and Cameron selfie as it was taken at the Nelson Mandela Memorial, a place of intimacy and solemnity. Mirzoeff hints at the power of technology and the possible take over where our bodies are now in the network and reality at the same time. In a time of seriousness we are still connected and sharing. It puts into question, the effect of selfies and social networking on our lives.

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Velázquez, Diego. Las Meninas. Digital image. Wikipedia. N.p., 1656. Web. 13 Apr. 2016.

This painting first exhibited to me in Mirzoeff’s How To See The World visualises the hierarchy of living beings, from the dog to the King and Queen in the mirror it displays the order of power. As self-portraits were originally only obtainable by the monarchy, in comparison to the selfie is available to anyone with a front camera, it exemplifies the shift in class and the art movements of the self-portrait.

 

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237.130_A2_W4_Task 4B_Image selection

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