Forum of Contemporary History – f/stop Satellite

Always Me. Fascination Selfie.

Zeitgeschichtliches Forum

Grammaische Straße 6, 04109 Leipzig

Until January 2022

Tuesday – Friday 9 am – 6 pm | Saturday/Sunday 10 am-6 pm

„Let’s take a selfie.“ You’ve probably heard this phrase many times – or said it yourself. It has become normal for us, to use our smartphones to take a quick souvenir photo of ourselves with friends, family or colleagues. An estimated amount of 93 million selfies are produced every day. The (digital) self-portraits have found their way into advertising, politics, business, art and culture worldwide. The temporary exhibition „Always Me. Fascination Selfie“ is dedicated to this global contemporary phenomenon.

Among other things, the exhibition explores the question of what a selfie is and where its historical models lie. Who am I? Who do I want to be? Artists have always dealt with these questions in paintings, sculptures, graphics and photographs. Would Rembrandt van Rijn, the famous 17th-century Dutch painter and master of the self-portrait, possibly reach for his smartphone today?!

„Always Me. Fascination Selfie“ illustrates which new gestures have been imprinted in all of us or how funny, unusual or perfect a selfie has to look in order to be noticed in the flood of digital images. Visitors are invited to take a selfie at two interactive selfie points in the exhibition, to upload it with the hashtag #FacinationSelfie and thus become part of the exhibition. So: bring your smartphone and take a selfie.