#NotASelfieSJ Instagram Challenge

When is a selfie not a selfie?

This fall SJMA explores the photographic self-portrait in the “age of the selfie” in the exhibition This Is Not a Selfie: Photographic Self-Portraits from the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection. Here’s your chance to share your own “not-a-selfie” and win!

Every Thursday through August 17, we’ll post a different challenge inspired by the exhibition on our Instagram page @seewhatyouthink. Take a self-portrait that answers the challenge and share your photograph on Instagram with the hashtag #NotASelfieSJ. Everyone who enters will receive two free tickets to the opening reception on September 27. One person per week will win a copy of the catalogue This Is Not a Selfie and two free admission tickets to San José Museum of Art. And two prize winners will receive a free, one-year membership to the Museum.

How to enter:
1. Check or follow San Jose Museum of Art’s Instagram page @seewhatyouthink every Thursday at noon for the NotASelfieSJ challenge of the week.

2. Take your not-a-selfie inspired by the challenge and share it on Instagram with the hashtag #NotASelfieSJ. (Post your photo by 12 Noon on the following Wednesday to be eligible)

3. One winner will be chosen at random each week through August 24.

Grand Prize: the five weekly winners will be entered into the grand prize contest. The not-a-selfie with the most “likes” at the end of the contest period will win a membership to San Jose Museum of Art.

Curator’s Choice: SJMA will select one winner from all eligible entries that best reflects the spirit of challenge. Our favorite “not-a-selfie” will win a membership to the San Jose Museum of Art and a copy of the catalogue.

Contest ends on August 24, 2017. Participants must abide to Instagram's Community Guidelines and Terms of Use. Click here for complete Official Rules.

No purchase necessary to participate or to win. Void where prohibited by law. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by Instagram. The #NotASelfieSJ Instagram contest is open only to legal US residents currently residing in one (1) of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia who are eighteen (18) years of age or older as of the date of their participation and entry. By using the hashtag #NotASelfieSJ you agree to abide by the Official Rules.

This Is Not a Selfie: Photographic Self-Portraits from the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection is organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Deborah Irmas as guest curator along with Eve Schillo, assistant curator, LACMA, with the curatorial team of the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at LACMA. SJMA’s presentation is organized by Rory Padeken, associate curator. It is sponsored by Dr. Jan Newstrom Thompson and Paul Goldstein.

Challenges

Challenge week 5
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Post multiple self-portraits presenting yourself to the world.

Claude Cahun embraced gender ambiguity by constantly reinventing her identity through stylized images of herself, and, in this photographic collage of self-portraits, explored the concept of the self as a succession of paradoxes and riddles.

Claude Cahun
I.O.U. (Self-Pride), 1929 – 1930
Gelatin silver print
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
The Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection

Challenge week 4
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Post a self-portrait of yourself as the artist or person that inspires you the most and tell us why.

Yasumasa Morimura channeled Frida Kahlo in his restaging of the painter’s self-portrait, paying homage to the Mexican Surrealist’s androgyny and cultural hybridity, akin to his own being in the world.

Yasumasa Morimura
An Inner Dialogue with Frida Kahlo (Collar of Thorns), 2001
Dye diffusion thermal transfer print
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
The Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection

Challenge week 3
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Post a throwback self-portrait updated for the new millennium. 

Although Malick Sidibé photographed himself as a modern African wearing a paisley tunic over trousers and sandals in 1972, he reprinted his self-portrait in 2003, framed it in colorfully patterned, hand-painted glass, and kept the scale and tone of the image to the way a portrait photograph from African might have looked forty or fifty years ago.

Malick Sidibé
Malick lui même (Malick himself), 1972 (printed 2003)
Gelatin silver print
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
The Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection

Challenge week 2
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Post a self-portrait of how you “see” the world.

Anne Collier has created many photographs featuring the eye, a visual shorthand for the boundary between the external world and the internal landscape of the mind and soul

Anne Collier
Mirror Ball, 2004
Dye coupler print
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
The Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection

Challenge week 1
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Post a self-portrait that shows us who you are, where you came from, or where you are going.

Retracing her photographic past, Chino Otsuka digitally inserted an older image of herself next to a snapshot taken of her younger self, creating a seamless double self-portrait to reflect on how memories form our sense of identity, fashion our ideas of home, and help us find a place in the world.

Chino Otsuka
1976+2005, Kamakura, Japan, 2005
Dye coupler print
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
The Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection.