Call the selfie art? The Saatchi Gallery’s new exhibition challenges perceptions.

Is the selfie art? Apparently so. Light years before camera phones and Kim Kardashian, the selfie was a prevalent form of art, soon to be showcased in a new exhibition at London’s Saatchi Gallery – From Selfie to Self-Expression. That’s right, the selfie is getting its own art show.

The exhibition opens in March and looks at the history of the selfie in art. Its journey starts with self-portraits of Van Gogh and Rembrandt and moves into more modern times featuring iPhone snaps of Barack Obama and David Cameron. The selfie represents ‘the epitome of contemporary culture’s transition into a highly-digitalised and technologically-advanced age as mobile-phone technology has caught up with the camera,’ according to Nigel Hurst, chief executive of the gallery. ‘The exhibition will present a compelling insight into the history and creative potential of the selfie.’



Saatchi Gallery and Huawei have teamed up to create a competition inviting people worldwide to post their most creative selfies for a chance to be included in the exhibition and to win a Huawei phone.

The exhibition From Selfie to Self-Expression has been extended until 23rd July 2017.

Updated June 2017