A few weekends ago, I visited the Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art (Qagoma) and visited the current kids installation Me, Myselfie and I.
Me, Myselfie and I is a collection of works which explores representation of self and features video works by Takahiko Iimura, Phil Dadson, Miloš Tomić and a series of digital prints by Gordon Bennett. This great kids exhibition explores what a self-portrait is and how it can express our emotions, personality, memories and experiences through images, sound, spoken word and movement.
In the first space of the exhibition, artist Wit Pimkanchanapong's I, you, we piece invites children to consider different ways of creating their own self portraits, that of a friend or family member by interacting with touch screens and watch the facial features of each portrait get fragmented and recombined to form a new portrait often with surprising results.
The second space by Angela Tiatia - Catch Sight invites children to observe and reflect what they can see in a series of distorted mirrors using a different template that matches the mirror design they see in front of them. They are then encouraged to draw themselves in an abstract way using the specially designed templates.
Another space of the exhibition by Ayaz Jokhio - 99 Self-Portraits was by far the most popular space amongst little ones. Children are invited to celebrate diversity by mixing and matching magnets of clothes from different cultures, uniforms and fashions and the artist's self portrait. This interactive activity lets children create new identities through the process and adults found it fun too.
Artist Miloš Tomić's work - My Pocket Orchestra encourages children to record, manipulate and mix different sounds to create a unique soundtrack that is expressive of their mood.
Angela Tiatia's last space Looking Back invites children and families to explore ideas of representation and perception. Children will see images of their body that they can interact with and will be surprised by what they see.
Me, Myselfie and I is on at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)'s Childrens Art Centre until the 22nd April 2018. Entry is free. Weekends are popular so best go during the week or first thing in the morning. The exhibition is pram and wheelchair friendly.
Don't forget to download a copy of Little Book of Me online via the QAGOMA website. Kids will find lots of fun activities where they can explore different ways of creating their own portrait.