Someplace between the invention of MySpace and the discharge of Kim Kardashian’s magnum opus Egocentric, selfies went from a responsible indulgence to a straight-up motion. Some argued that they supplied folks, particularly women and people of color, a chance to take control of their own images, providing underrepresented people a supply of empowerment, creativity, and self-love. Others have been like, what? No.

Nonetheless, earlier than lengthy, everybody from Meryl Streep to Barack Obama was getting in on the selfie craze. Indian artist Adrita Das puzzled, why shouldn’t conventional Southeast Asian gods get in on the enjoyable? Along with her sequence “Gods Taking Selfies,” Das imagines Indian deities partaking in all kinds of divine actions ― dancing, loving, warring, and many others. Solely this time, they’re documenting the entire course of, ostensibly to humblebrag and get a lot of likes. 

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Das, primarily based in Pune, India, a metropolis exterior of Mumbai, has lengthy been excited by non secular iconography, significantly the way it pertains to modern life. Whereas exploring conventional Southeast Asian visible iconography, she observed one thing uncommon.

So lots of the sacred figures partaking of their every day duties have been posed nearly as in the event that they have been about to snap a selfie. Das then Photoshopped smartphones into the palms of the holy figures, and commenced a Tumblr compiling her masterpieces. 

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“One of many challenges I nonetheless face is discovering archived imagery on-line with decision,” Das defined to The Huffington Put up. “I additionally have a look at magazines and books which will be scanned simply however discovering the appropriate photographs to go well with the mission is difficult.”

A extra summary problem is explaining her mission ― which isn’t in any respect meant as an indication of disrespect ― to extra conservative and non secular audiences. “Sadly lots of people take offense very simply and don’t actually perceive the explanation behind me retaining the weblog, which is my real curiosity in faith.”

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Das is aware of she will’t please everybody, however hopes her work creates a humorous dialogue between previous and current that may incite actual contemplation and debate by way of creativity and humor.

“I needed to create a parallel between life in these ages versus now, the place we’re consistently surrounded by our must doc all the things,” she mentioned. “’Gods Taking Selfies’ is only a delicate comment about our tradition, in some methods like a glitch within the time machine which will make the viewer assume and snicker about themselves.”

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