November 23, 2023 at 5:30 pm

City Library

Matt Colquhoun

Narcissus in Bloom: An Alternative History of the Selfie

Narcissism is the defining pathology of the twenty-first century, but what if it is not self-obsession that defines us but a need for self-transformation?

Narcissus in Bloom is a short history of the self-portrait, beginning with Renaissance painters like Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt and Caravaggio, through to photographers and celebrities like Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian, Lee Friedlander and Hervé Guibert.

Join author Matt Colquhoun as they discuss the ways that so many artists have regarded their own image; how might the age of the selfie be considered as a time of transformation rather than stasis?

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