A journey through artistic self representation | Salomé Corte-Real | TEDxYouth@NIA

A journey through artistic self representation | Salomé Corte-Real | TEDxYouth@NIA

Selfies and Self-Representation

  • The speaker invites the audience to reflect on self-representation using photography.
  • Selfies have become increasingly popular, with the term referring to self-taken images and "wefies" referring to group selfies.
  • The evolution of selfies has changed communication and self-expression in the digital age.
  • Selfies challenge traditional art and photography norms, blurring the lines between personal expression and artistic creation.

Notable Selfie Artists

  • Vivian Maier, a nanny with a passion for photography, took self-portraits and captured everyday life in New York City from the 1950s to 1970s.
  • Cindy Sherman, a contemporary artist, explores identity, gender, and women's roles through conceptual photographs using props and costumes.
  • Lidda McBean, a fashion photographer active in the 1950s, is known for elegant and stylish fashion photographs featuring models in natural settings.

Historical Context of Self-Portraits

  • The video discusses an ancient artist using a mirror for self-reflection in a forest studio, highlighting the evolution of self-portraits.
  • In the past, blemishes and health issues were not depicted in paintings due to the absence of Photoshop, leading to the practice of painting over photos for beautification in the 1950s.
  • Self-portraits serve as a means of self-expression and emotional portrayal, as seen in Frida Kahlo's works.

Identity and Self-Expression

  • The way we see ourselves and pose can shape our identity, especially during teenage years.
  • The artist's studio provides a space for creating emotional images, regardless of physical appearance.
  • A photographer creates construction art using multiple images as a source of joy and inspiration during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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