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Self Reflection

A group show of 21 female artists addressing self-portraiture.


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Left: Sarah Maple "Fried Eggs"; Middle: Erin M. Riley "Self Portrait 3"; Right: Polly Penrose "Curved Wall"

The Untitled Space presents an exhibition of 21 female artists addressing self-portraiture in Self Reflection. The exhibit includes works of photography, painting, tapestry, collage, mixed media and video.

Self Reflection asks the featured artists to use their own bodies as vehicles to contemplate, as both creator and subject, contemporary issues of gender, identity, sexuality, body image, censorship, and self-liberation.

The self-portrait has been a staple of art history for centuries, defining our social and political climate and a reflection on contemporary culture. In the past few decades the self-portrait has evolved into a much larger dialogue, largely due to the cultural shift to electronic communication and popularity of social media.

In an age where the selfie has become a prominent means of self-expression, Self Reflection presents contemporary female artists that are not merely using their mobile devices to self promote, but work with self-portraiture as a means to present their own inner dialogue, confronting the human condition through varied artist mediums.

Through their own process, these artists present visual narratives that interrogate social, cultural and political dialogues. Self-portrayal becomes a means to address the personal as political via self-reflection and reinvention, tackling conventional notions of female image and taboo.

The artists present themselves in their own terms, using their imagination to expand upon dual roles of creator and subject, artist and performer. They interrogate stereotypes of woman as mother, wife, lover or sexual object in works that are at once compelling narratives. Their image becomes their canvas, a tool for self-examination and cultural contemplation.

Curated by Indira Cesarine and Coco Dolle, Self Reflection opens September 27 at 6pm with the exhibition on view until October 8, 2016.

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Opening Reception: September 27th, 6pm-9pm

Exhibition On View: September 27th-October 8th, 10am-6pm

Where: The Untitled Space Gallery, 45 Lispenard Street Unit 1W NYC

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