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Abigail Pope, “Surfin’ Selfie Safari”

Abigail Pope presents “Surfin’ Selfie Safari” at the Speos Gallery – 7 rue Jules Vallès, 75011, Paris.

Exhibition from February 4th to February 28th, 2014.

“Surfin’ Selfie Safari” is a slice of five years of self-portraits that the artist, Abigail Pope, has amassed to share with the virtual world. In early 2009, Abigail started taking pictures of herself as a mockery of the Facebook craze. With her photography background, she was aware of the power of media images to create propaganda and started to imitate and distort those types of images for her self-portraits. The artist was controlling both sides of the lens as both the photographer and the subject. Soon experimentation became habit, and her persona took on a life of it’s own.

A few years after she started, the “selfie” became as common as a Beach Boys song. The photographs in the exhibition are extra-large, like a poster, and the added layer of spray paint reiterates an advertisement you might see on a city street.

Abigail Pope (Speos 2000) is a multi-media artist from New York. Abigail was a professional photographer for many years in New York but transitioned to other areas of art, which she feels, is more about exposing the inner self, outside of the commercial world. She uses social networking as a tool for expression and thus has mostly all of her work online.

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