Food · Lifestyle

Selfie Love

I’m not a selfie lover, mainly because I’m awful at taking them but, no matter what your opinions are, there’s pretty much no getting away from selfies! An instantaneous form of “self-portraiture”, selfies are now “an integral part of image-making in the twenty-first century”. Selfies are art. Really, I hear you say? Don’t worry, that’s what I thought initially!

The ‘From Selfie to Self-Expression’ exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery (open until 30 May) sets the scene by exploring the history and evolution of a selfie – from the self-portraits of Old Masters like Velazquez, Rembrandt and Kahlo to the modern-day posing of celebrities and just us normal folk!

To my surprise, this exhibition, the world’s first of its kind, was  strangely captivating, unusually interesting and very engaging. I particularly loved the various interactive installations and the homage to amateur photography – you come away with a sense that all you need is a camera phone and you can start creating! img_1699The use of mobile phones in this exhibition was genius, allowing visitors to ‘like’  paintings displayed on large screens.  Frida Kahlo was popular!img_1705img_1811img_1807img_1729img_1724img_1805Despite the light hearted nature of the content, the exhibition is certainly cerebral and had me scratching my head on a few occasions – success for any artist I think, if a viewer  can’t fully decide what  a piece of art stands for or means!img_1821img_1779img_1820img_1746One of my  favourite rooms was one where hundreds of selfies of normal people were displayed on large screens that covered all walls, a strangely intimate experience. img_1785img_1728img_1793img_1795The ‘pom pom mirror’ by Daniel Rozin was fascinating , creating silhouettes that mirrored your movements.img_1791img_1774The CCTV room, a Rafael Lozano-Hemmer installation, was a bit too ‘big brother’ for me, with live cameras following all your movements, but provocative nonetheless! Overall,  a really interesting exhibition and the best thing about it is it’s free! Who said nothing comes for free?! With only three weeks to go , this is a perfect  way to spend an afternoon.

And, while you’re at it, why not try out one of the delicious eateries  that line the King’s Road? This time around, I headed to Chicama, a seafood restaurant with a menu inspired by the coastal food of Peru.

The seafood is fresh and delivered from Cornwall on a daily basis and the vegetable dishes are creative and unusual (in a good way!). I think I loved everything except for the octopus which was just a little bit on the slimy side! Other than that, I would recommend this place – an exotic restaurant, with a chilled out vibe and creativity oozing through.
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Tapioca marshmallow, ocupa sauce
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Tuna tostada, avocado jalapeno sauce, fried leeks, radish
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Blackened octopus, confit potato, sundries tomato, cauliflower
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Crispy battered fish bun, brioche, spicy mayo, pickled red cabbage
 

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