A collection of Self-Portraits by artists and non-artists from all over the world. The initiative began in April 2020,
when the majority of the world was quarantined due to the pandemic.
The self appears in dreams, myths, and fairytales in the figure of the “superordinate personality,” such as a king, hero, prophet, savior, etc., or in the form of a totality symbol, such as the circle, square, quadratura circuli, cross, etc. When it represents a complexio oppositorum, a union of opposites, it can also appear as a united duality, in the form, for instance, of tao as the interplay of yang and yin, or of the hostile brothers, or of the hero and his adversary (arch-enemy, dragon), Faust and Mephistopheles, etc.
Empirically, therefore, the self appears as a play of light and shadow, although conceived as a totality and unity in which the opposites are united.
[“Definitions,” The Collective Works of Carl G. Jung, 6, par. 790.]
*UPDATE Sept 2020*
Physical exhibits took place simultaneously from 25th Sept 2020 onwards in Art Outreach Singapore and kaTTe Community Bangalore, in India. Images of the event as well as self-portrait contributions from visitors can be viewed below!