The act of identity construction performed online is at once a private and individual performance… but it is also a communal and public activity.
A major question comes out of this: What layers of our true selves can be shared in a selfie? What are ways to share an authentic version of the self online?
And what does it even mean to be authentic in digital life today? And how are people dealing with this? People are definitely finding ways to curate parts of themselves online now, but it is a complicated process.
We are asking you to go beyond a traditional selfie and consider nontraditional ways of representing yourself on social media. Welcome to the #SelfieUnselfie project.
- Take or choose a “selfie” that you would post on social media and write about why you chose to post it. What does the image reveal about you? What message does it send your friends and followers?
- Reflect on your selfie. Look at your answer from above and think about what other qualities or aspects of yourself are missing from that image. Go ahead and list these aspects of your identity. You are much more than a selfie– consider some reasons why a selfie might limit an understanding of who you are.
- Take your “unselfie”. This a representation of self to be shared online, but one that is not a self-portrait picture. How could you present a part of who you are with a different kind of image? It shouldn’t be a picture of you– there are many ways to represent yourself visually. Now, create the image that is your “unselfie.”
- Post your work and an artist statement. Write a caption that is a few sentences long explaining your choices in rethinking the selfie, and why you made your ‘unselfie’ the way you did.
- Post to a platform of your choice— Twitter, Instagram, or your own blog, Share your selfie (if you feel comfortable doing so) and your ‘unselfie’ plus your artist statement. Finally, add the hashtag #selfieunselfie and… post!
We would love to showcase your ideas and images for art installation at the public libraries in Norway. If you would like to be included, be sure to include #selfieunselfie in your caption and post on a public account and/or send by email to
When posting your response to this Make, include your artist statement. For the example us the URL for a tweet with the captions that has the 2 images attached or a blog post that includes both images and your statement. Or you can also embed tweets and instagrams in the body of your response.
Example for "#SelfieUnselfie":