A book of “autoportraits” by Adal Maldonado (ADÁL) with an essay by Ilan Stavans will be published by Duke University Press in 2017. Just speculating here, but I suspect that the idea for this book may have started with ADÁL’s 2014 exhibition “Go Fuck Your Selfie” (a much more compelling title, in my view). Since I missed the exhibition, I can’t wait to see the book.
Description (Duke University Press): What explains our current obsession with selfies? In I Love My Selfie noted cultural critic Ilan Stavans explores the selfie’s historical and cultural roots by discussing everything from Greek mythology and Shakespeare to Andy Warhol, James Franco, and Pope Francis. He sees selfies as tools people use to disguise or present themselves as spontaneous and casual. This collaboration includes a portfolio of fifty autoportraits by the artist ADÁL; he and Stavans use them as a way to question the notion of the self and to engage with artists, celebrities, technology, identity, and politics. Provocative and engaging, I Love My Selfie will change the way readers think about this unavoidable phenomenon of twenty-first-century life.
Ilán Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College. A Guggenheim Fellow, he is the author, editor, and translator of numerous books, including Reclaiming Travel, also published by Duke University Press.
Adál Maldonado is a visual, performance, installation, and video artist; playwright; cofounder of the first all-artist political party in Puerto Rico; and the author of several books, including Out of Focus Nuyoricans.