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Selfie Series #4

Open Call for Submissions for November 30th, 2021.

Art Show & Salon Event: December 27th, 2021, 7:00 P.M.

Curated by Kay Slater and Louise Chow.

Featuring art by: The Papercut Arcade Collective, and You! Our Open Call welcomes submissions from all disciplines and skill levels – contact us at submissions@thepapercutarcade.ca.

In previous years, artists Chris, Kay, and Louise have engaged in an online selfie battle. The goal, each year, was to encourage each other to explore the medium of photography through the timeless use of the self portrait. The project was to examine how the selfie had evolved, and to allow ourselves space to practice and try out photography as a medium in which none of us was familiar. Through a list of prompts, each artist is encouraged to post their images using a common annual hashtag and #seriesPrompt to link the responses.

As this project opens up to encourage and welcome collective members, and members from our community, to participate and explore photography via the selfie, our only restrictions are that we discourage professional photographers from participating unless they are examining a new technique or practice, and that the subject must be the photographer. The goal of the project is to explore and learn more about the act of making photographs and what it means for the artist to become the subject.

In future years when we are able to meet again in person, we will explore a gallery show, printing out a selection of the selfies as “polaroid” quality prints and exhibiting them. This year, we will be working from November 1st-30th to create our selfies (and will be hosting weekly salon sessions on discord to encourage each other to create), and then submit our photographs to curators @Louise and @Kay who will work to create an exhibition video and online gallery that will be exhibited and shared in an online salon on December 28th at 7PM.


SELFIE SERIES #4 PROMPT LIST

  • Traffic
  • Imitation
  • Ritual
  • Hauntology
  • Graphic
  • Honesty
  • Chew
  • Dark
  • Lost
  • Make Believe
  • Blue
  • Rain
  • The Perfect Day
  • Lens Flare
  • Plenty

Participants are encouraged to do as many as they are called to do, up to 10 self portraits. There is no expectation for anyone to complete 10 prompts, but we will limit the maximum for this year to 10. If participants submit more than 10, Louise and Kay (as event curators) will choose 10 to show in our online galleries.

Please feel free to post your ongoing selfies on your social media accounts. You can tag your posts with #thepapercutarcade.

We will also reach out to artists if they wish to participate in a video (to be shown during the salon night) providing any further commentary and artist statements about the work and process.

You can view our previous selfie explorations here: Selfie Series #3


Open call for submissions is now open.

Note: The Papercut Arcade defines *artist as a person who practices any of the various creative arts, such as a sculptor, photographer, painter, novelist, poet, or filmmaker. The keyword is practice; therefore, if you make art or produce work with the intent of participating in a The Papercut Arcade challenge or exhibition, you ARE an artist. We even welcome works in progress.

Contact us at submissions@thepapercutarcade.ca with ideas, questions, and your submissions. Works in progress are welcome!

This is not a juried exhibition, but the artworks are screened for harmful (illegal/oppressive/appropriative) content. Show work is included after a discussion with curators, Kay Slater and Louise Chow.

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