Thursday 23 October 2014

Review of Erica Scourti: So Like You at the University of Brighton Gallery

Erica Scourti: So Like You
University of Brighton Gallery
4 October – 2 November 2014

The Photographers’ Gallery
3 October – 3 December 2014

With the explosion of smartphones and apps and websites such as Instagram, tumblr and flickr, suddenly everybody is a photographer. Not only that, but our once private snapshots of friends and family, children growing up, weddings, christenings and other special – and even mundane – occasions, are now, unless you are clever enough to fully comprehend privacy settings, fair game for anyone searching the internet. Athens-born, London-based artist Erica Scourti, who works with the mediation of personal experience through networked space, using video, writing and performance, has begun to ask some pertinent questions: How can a creative individual be recognised as unique, when Instagram has made everyone’s photographs look the same? What value has a snapshot once it’s uploaded and absorbed into a larger ‘cloud’ of image data?

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