Engine in Biddeford is compiling a bunch of selfies for an art show — yes, you could walk into a Biddeford art gallery and see your own face framed as art. All you have to do is add the hashtag #SELFtheshow to one of your selfies on Instagram (or Twitter or Tumblr) before May 19. Then Engine will print them out and hang them in their exhibit “SELF/selfie: A visual investigation in the reflection of self” from May 30-July 19 at 265 Main St., Biddeford.
Donna McNeil was setting up an exhibit of artists’ self portraits when the idea came to her.
“She was interested in artist self portraits and then she was thinking about the resurgence of the selfie. Portraiture is a traditional selfie. She wanted to have a conversation: what is a selfie? Is it a self portrait?” said Edwige Charlot, the nonprofit’s programming director. “It will be a window installation — a grid of selfies. We want it to be local. What does our community selfie look like?”
Engine (an advocacy organization for community-based arts programming) will have a social media expert, a sociologist and a psychologist come in and talk about the human desire/need to be seen. That event is 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 21.
So far people have submitted photos of themselves wearing bunny masks, cutting their hair and cuddling their babies and dogs.
More info: feedtheengine.org.