selfie squared MOHAMMED AL SHAMMAREY SARA NIROOBAKHSH 10 jun - 27 jun 2015
‘Selfie²’ explores self-documentation as a means of self-expression. Employing the language of the ‘selfie’, the exhibition examines personal narratives embedded within a larger problematic of regional conflict and rupture.
Mohammed Al Shammarey, alternates between white and black traditional clothing, which are markers of sectarian division, is both a specter and a spectator, appearing faceless or lost in a self-replicating crowd.
In Sara Niroobakhsh’s photographs, traditional scenes of domestic life are disrupted by brutality: gun-toting children and cold-blooded maternities. In the age of the ‘selfie’, attention may be power but the ability to reveal what lies behind the image is what compels these autobiographical works.