237130_A2_Week4_Task#3A_Written Response_10/04/2016.

Written Response

  • What is Mirzoeff asking you to think about? (50-100 words)

‘The selfie is a fusion of the self-image, the self-portrait of the artist as a hero and the machine image of modern art that works as a digital performance.'(33) From this quote, it is clear the Mirzoeff wants us to think about the history based around the origins of the ‘selfie’. We need to think about the evolution of showing one self, how it has changed over time through painting into photography vice versa. How gender, race, sexuality and class are important when showing yourself. It is asking us to question how we present ourselves to others around us.

  • Do you think it might be important we know about it, think about or consider it, or research it in more detail? Explain why? (50-100 words)

I think depending on your interests it could be important to know about and research the topic in more detail. I believe this because I find this overall topic interesting, as the selfie is a very dominating way of communication in our generation. As I am also interested in photography, I find it interesting the way people portrayed themselves through self imagery in painting and photography.

  • Select a visual text from the chapter that best exemplifies your understanding of Mirzoeff’s ideas and explain why you have selected this in view of your understanding. Refer to the visual text to assist your explanation. (50-100 words).
Toulouse-Lautrec, Self-Portrait Before a Mirror. (1882)

Toulouse-Lautrec, Self-Portrait Before a Mirror. (1882)

I have chosen this visual text; this is a painting by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec of himself. I have chosen this text because I believe that it shows the ideas like inserting oneself into the image, manipulation of what is actually seen and the created story or performance. When viewing this image, the artist has decided to only us what he wants use to see, not what might actually be there. I found out the artist suffered from a medical condition affecting his lower body, thus the painting only being his upper body. Through painting like this he has made himself the main object of the image, he hasn’t distorted the idea of what he actually is. From this, I am able to understand how Mirzoeff is showing his ideas around the ‘selfie’. I can see that overall self imagery can be manipulated and changed to what we want people to see and that nothing is as it seems.

Texts Referenced:

(Mirzoeff, Nicholas. “Chapter One. How to See Yourself.”. How to See the World. London: Pelican, 2015. 31-69. Print)

(Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri De. Self-Portrait Before a Mirror. Digital image. Web Gallery of Art. Emil Krén and Daniel Marx, n.d. Web. 10 Apr. 2016.)


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