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Saatchi Gallery's Selfie to Self-Expression With Huawei

The much awaited photography exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery has opened and has become the world’s first to explore the history of the selfie. Scroll down to see what I found inside...

Gallery 2: Iconic selfies from beautiful and sublime to the mad bad and dangerous

Gallery 2: Iconic selfies from beautiful and sublime to the mad bad and dangerous

The show is presented by global tech brand Huawei (the world’s largest manufacturer of smart phones). In 2016, Huawei reinvented smartphone photography with the launch of the P9 smartphone featuring a unique dual-lens camera co-engineered with the iconic brand, Leica Camera AG.

Huawei believes in cultural technology: the fusing of technology and culture to deliver solutions to help people express themselves in a new way.

Old friends Francis Bacon and Lucien Freud hang side by side digitally in the show. 

Old friends Francis Bacon and Lucien Freud hang side by side digitally in the show. 

From Selfie to Self-Expression showcases key artworks, many of which feature interactive, digital and user-generated content, by artists as diverse as Christopher Baker, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Juno Calypso, Tracey Emin, Van Gogh, Mohau Modisakeng, Rembrandt, Cindy Sherman, Gavin Turk and Velazquez.

Chuck Close, Big Self-Portrait, 1967-1968, Acrylic on canvas, 107 1⁄2 x 83 1⁄2 inches

Chuck Close, Big Self-Portrait, 1967-1968, Acrylic on canvas, 107 1⁄2 x 83 1⁄2 inches

The most exciting part of the exhibition from a fine art point of view is the Young British Photographers, which highlights the emerging role of the smartphone as an artistic medium.

The 'tap to like' feature gets us interacting. 

The 'tap to like' feature gets us interacting. 

The gallery has commissioned ten exciting Young British Photographers to create new works using Huawei’s newest dual lens smartphones co-engineered with Leica, as part of their artistic practice. Reprising the spirit and energy of the Young British Artist movement first launched 25 years ago.

Gallery 4: Self-Expression – Young British Photographers create works using Huawei’s new dual lens smartphone.

Gallery 4: Self-Expression – Young British Photographers create works using Huawei’s new dual lens smartphone.

Do not miss: The work of Alma Haser

Alma Haser’s photography within the Young British Photographers part of the show expands the dimensions of traditional portrait photography, taking her photographs further, using inventive paper-folding techniques to create layers of intrigue around her subjects, manipulating their portraits into futuristic flattened-paper sculptures.

  • To see more of Alma's work visit her website here. And to be a bit more nosey, follow her on Instagram here

Christopher Baker's show stopping Selfie installation. Previously installed at Nash Gallery, Minneapolis in 2008. Photo by John Bingham. 

Christopher Baker's show stopping Selfie installation. Previously installed at Nash Gallery, Minneapolis in 2008. Photo by John Bingham. 

Why visit? 

  • Support emerging talent by viewing their work
  • Witness the selfie room and go selfie cray
  • A spectacularly well-presented show
  • Get techy and learn more about Huawei
  • Because visiting Chelsea is always a good idea

The show continues until the 30th of May 2017, so get down and see it when you can. Head to the Saatchi website for more information on when and how to get there.

Then take a sneaky peek at Huawei’s Instagram account for more images and info about their new devices.