THE MIRROR IS NOW A SCREEN – New Artwork by Rashid Rana
TOGETHER ALONE is a new work by Mr. Rashid Rana, Dean MDSVAD that deals with the subject of self-gaze while at the same time also celebrating the notion of “self-love”. This digital montage is assembled from a collection of mirror selfies - a fairly standardized form of self-portraiture in the age of social media - in which the camera, the mirror, the seeing self, and the seen self are all visible at once, confusing the distinctions between each. These images constitute a macro image of a series of self-portraits by Adrien Alban Tournachon, taken in 1858, which contain a similar desire for movement, as if the camera is mobile and omnipresent, examining his stance from a full 360 degrees. This surrender to the camera connects the earliest moments of mechanical imaging to the contemporary world, where performativity has replaced the formal stiffness and perhaps discomfort of Tournachon. In this work, the audience is left to construct their own narrative between Tournachon’s macro images and thousands of micro constituent images of present-day mirror selfies.
The microimages for this work have been crowdsourced through a social media account @solo4art and www.rashidrana.com/current/
The is the first work in this the series, and is currently on display at the Aga Khan Museum, as part of an exhibition called IMAGE: THE POWER OF THE VISUAL curated by Marika Sardar.