Ana Peraica

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independent scholar and freelance curator

Culture of the Selfie BOOK!

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Culture of the Selfie is an in-depth art-historical overview of self-portraiture, using a set of theories from visual studies, narratology, media studies, psychotherapy, and political principles. Collecting information from various fields, juxtaposing them on the historical time-line of artworks, the book focuses on space in self-portraits, shared between the person self-portraying and the viewer. What is the missing information of the transparent relationship to the self and what kind of world appears behind each selfie? As the ‘world behind one’s back’ is gradually taking larger place in the visual field, the book dwells on a capacity of selfies to master reality, the inter-mediate way and, in a measure, oneself.

Ana Peraica is a curator, art critic, theorist and lecturer in visual culture and media arts. She has curated online projects since 1998. She was the editor of Machine Philosopher (Jan Van Eyck Akademie, 1999), Žena na raskrižju ideologija (HULU, Split, 2007), Victims Symptom (LabforCulture/Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam, 2009), Smuggling Anthologies (MMSU, Rijeka, 2015), produced after curated shows. Her essays, published in magazines as Springerin, Documenta magazine, Pavilion, Art and Education Papers, and readers by Afterimage, Loecker Verlaag, P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E, were compiled in a manuscript Sub/versions (Revolver, 2009; in Croatian due 2018). Peraica is a book reviewer at Leonardo Reviews and she teaches the Media Art Histories program at University of Danube in Austria.

Edited by: Veena Hariharan. Editorial Support by: Leonieke van Dipten. Cover design: Katja van Stiphout. Design: Isabella Calabretta. EPUB development: Isabella Calabretta. Print on Demand. Publisher: Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam, 2017. ISBN: 978-94-92302-17-5.


#whataboutyourselfie calls for relational self-portraits and links to self-portraits or their collections that:


force us to research our own selfhood

are made as homages and references to other’s identities

are “self-portraits as someone else” in terms of travesty and cross-dressing mirror the viewer by specific implementation of technology or medium.


Contribute this project, in the period February 1 - March, 30 2016, on various network platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google, Youtube, by adding the hashtag #whataboutyourselfie or by sending an e-mail contribution to

Smuggling Anthologies reader - FULL PDF!

Smuggling Anthologies Reader, produced in collaboration of Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art from Rijeka, Croatia, Municipal Museum in Idrija, Slovenia and Trieste Contemporanea, in the time period 2013-2015 and edited by Ana Peraica, has been publshed and is downloadable from

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