CREATE // CATALYST FOR CHANGE

 

 

#SELFIE #PORTRAIT

"IMITATING CULTURE WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY MAKING FUN OF IT' - CINDY SHERMAN 

 

THIS WORKSHOP EXPLORES THE CULTURE SURROUNDING 'THE SELFIE' AND ASKS STUDENTS TO CREATE A SERIES OF SELF PORTRAITS THAT EXPLORE THE MANY LAYERS OF THE INDIVIDUAL. 

SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS HAVE GIVEN PEOPLE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ENGAGE WITH NOTIONS OF CULTURE AND IDENTITY. THE AUDIENCE IS VAST- FROM PEERS TO STRANGERS, MARKETERS TO ACADEMICS-. THE 'SELFIE GENERATION' HAS A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO EDUCATE THE WORLD WITH AN AUTHENTIC AND DYNAMIC REFLECTION OF SELF. EVEN FURTHER, THEY HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY CREATE CULTURE AND IDENTITY AS THEY SEE IT, TO PLAY WITH CULTURE AND IDENTITY CONSTRUCTION, TO EMPOWER THEMSELVES TO MAKE THEIR OWN CONSCIOUS CHOICES AND TO INFLUENCE SOCIETY BY  CONFRONTING SOCIAL, ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL STEREOTYPES.

BUT FIRST, THEY CAN INFLUENCE THE WORLD IN ANY POSITIVE WAY, THEY NEED TO CONFRONT THIER OWN SENSE OF SELF AND UNDERSTAND THEMSELVES IN RELATION TO SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION.