Current Group

Beyond the Selfie

Artist: 
Morwenna Kearsley
Based at: 
Stills and Glasgow Women's Library
Slide show: 
Beyond the Selfie
Beyond the Selfie
Beyond the Selfie
Beyond the Selfie
Beyond the Selfie
Beyond the Selfie
Beyond the Selfie
Beyond the Selfie
Beyond the Selfie
Beyond the Selfie
The exhibition at Glasgow Women's Library
The exhibition at Glasgow Women's Library
The exhibition at Glasgow Women's Library
The exhibition at Glasgow Women's Library
The exhibition at Glasgow Women's Library

Beyond the Selfie was a summer course exploring ways in which photography can disrupt traditional representations of women in print media, television and film using self-portraiture, photographic collage and text.

Inspired by Stills' Jo Spence exhibition the group from Young Saheliya were led by artist Morwenna Kearsley and looked at the work of a range of artists including Maud Sulter, Carrie Mae Weems and Gillian Wearing. Using DSLRs, found imagery and analogue film, the group produced a portfolio of intriguing images of themselves and of each other.

Beyond the Selfie formed part of a wider project, Every Woman Super Woman, carried out by the girls in the Summer of 2016 working with Stills, Edinburgh Art Festival and Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre. Inspired by Ciara Phillips Every Woman the girls participated in workshops on creative writing, blogging and female representation in the media. The Young Saheliya girls are designing and printing their own zine at Out of the Blueprint to be launched alongside an Edinburgh exhibition of Beyond the Selfie.

Exhibitions

Beyond the Selfie
Glasgow Womens Library, Thursday 8th - Friday 16th September 2016

This exhibition of portraits, created by the group explores self-expression through photography. Inspired by an exhibition of Jo Spence’s work at Still’s Gallery in Edinburgh, the group created characters to tell their own stories, drawing from personal experience, role models and fictional personalities.

Every Woman Super Woman
Art and Design Library, Central Library, George IV Bridge, 2nd - 31st December 2016

The exhibition celebrates a summer of creative workshops inspired by Ciara Phillips Every Woman commissioned by Edinburgh Art Festival and the Jo Spence exhibition at Stills. Also working with Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre workshops included photography, creative writing, blogging and female representation in the media.
The exhibition of portraits, explores self-expression through photography. Inspired by Jo Spence’s work, the group created characters to tell their own stories, drawing from personal experience, role models and fictional personalities. Alongside the photography we are launching the zine Every Woman Super Woman designed and printed by the women at Out of the Blueprint

  

Every woman, A Superwoman from Stills Edinburgh on Vimeo.

Comments from the exhibition book.

"Such an empowering and skilled show! A privilege to see!"

"One of the best photography exhibitions I have ever seen. Very inspiring! Loved the interviews"

"Impressive! The pictures speak for themselves but at the same time raises so many questions. Very powerful women!"

 

 

 

The Selfie Studio

Artist: 
Claire Cochrane and Erin Semple
Based at: 
Stills

 

The Selfie Studio uses the Jo Spence exhibition as a stimulus for discussing self-portraiture, representation and ‘selfies’ in particular.

Groups visiting the ‘studio’ will create a physical image using materials relating to the tropes and taxonomy of selfies. Using a combination of photography, collage, drawing and writing, participants can create an image of themselves that expresses their relationship with representation. They may want to focus on wider social and political concerns, play with the ‘tools’ inherent to airbrushed selfies or use a combination of approaches to express themselves in a way that selfies fail to communicate.

Running for the duration of the Jo Spence exhibition, Stills are working with groups of women from around Edinburgh and Glasgow, including Great Feats, Young Saheliya (with the Edinburgh Art Fesitval), the Multi-Cultural Family Base and the Glasgow Women’s Library.

From the end of October, the Selfie Studio Photo Album will have a permanent home in the Stills library.

 

If you would like to bring a group in to work with Stills then have a look at the different ways to get involved or contact Stills' Engagment Producer, Claire Cochrane, engagement@stills.org 

 

Selfie Studio example

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Selfie studio example 3

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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