Mona Lisa Selfies

Mona Lisa SelfiesMona Lisa Selfies 2015 – photo by Benjamin Bergery

I took some photographs the other day of people taking selfies in front of the Mona Lisa at the Louvre.

In this self-portrait the work of art is considered as a landmark, like the Eiffel Tower. But it is also a dual portrait: a frame within a frame, an old portrait within a new portrait, and a very personal acquisition.

The moment of the photograph feels like a ritual action to mark the historical moment: I was here.

The selfie is also a way to join yourself to the celebrity of the painting. It is a form of fame.

Who is the audience of this selfie? Who is the intended audience? Who is the actual audience?

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11. March 2015 by benjamin
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