• ODE TO SELFIE by Chao-Ying Betty Rao
  • ODE TO SELFIE by Chao-Ying Betty Rao
  • ODE TO SELFIE by Chao-Ying Betty Rao
  • ODE TO SELFIE by Chao-Ying Betty Rao

ODE TO SELFIE by Chao-Ying Betty Rao

A5, 104 pages, Digitally printed, Perfect bound, Hard cover, 2020

“For centuries, men have been using (wanking to), depicting (painting, photographing), and selling the image of women for their viewing pleasure. So, what is this judgemental sneer behind the concept and even the catchphrase ‘shameless selfie’? What is this strange, internalised idea that we may be depicted by men and that is ‘art’, yet our own depictions of ourselves are embarrassingly narcissistic? In a world that continuously profits from the image of women, we are made to feel ashamed for what advertisements and male artists depict without a second thought. The same image can feel very different depending on who authored it. The accusation of narcissism is clearly another cog in the machine of patriarchy and I am sick and bored of it. Ode to Selfie is a collaborative attempt to deconstruct the internalised male gaze by shamelessly embracing the selfie. Through sharing vulnerable stories with what's usually very private images, it defies cultural misogyny and reinvents the naked selfie as a radical, intimate, and beautiful act of self-authorship.”

Published by

Chao-Ying Betty Rao

Regular price £30.00