SEOUL, April 26 (Korea Bizwire) – A new exhibition called ‘Selfie’ that kicks off today at Savina Museum of Contemporary Art offers viewers an inside look at the self-obsessed culture of modern times often typified by selfies and social media networks, from an artistic point of view.
The new self-explanatory exhibition ‘Selfie: those who photograph themselves’, ponders today’s obsession with selfies, a word that won the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year designation back in 2013, although the Korean term “selca” has a longer history and remains popular domestically.
For this occasion only, the Savina Museum of Contemporary Art was reorganized, with some areas revamped as photo booths with pieces of installation art complementing the venue and highlighting the concept of the exhibition.
Welcoming guests on the first floor is ‘#SELSTAR’ by artist Kim Ga-ram, an installation art piece that vividly lights up in the form of its name.
On the basement floor, guests can enjoy “Upset Press” by artist couple An Ji-mi and I Bu-rok, an installation that allows gallery visitors to take selfies with stickers representing war, while another installation called “Self-portrait photo studio” will take black and white photos for people posing in front of a mirror.
Another installation not to be missed if you plan to visit the exhibition is one by Han Gyeong-woo, which shows four different videos capturing visitors in split screen using CCTV cameras, which is similar to the way people meet through social media networks today.
Other art pieces including a self-portrait of artist Go Sang-woo and survey findings conducted with more than 300 artists and art enthusiasts are available for viewing on the second floor.
“As our contemporary society continues to obsess over selfies, which is the 21th century form of self-portrait, we decided to express our take on the phenomenon in the form of art,” one exhibition official said.
The exhibition runs until the August 4, and ticket prices for adults and minors are 5,000 and 3,000 won respectively.