Miss Selfie

Self portraits by Vava Venezia

Self portraits by Vava Venezia

"The Art of the Selfie"
works to expand our understanding of the space between one side of the screen and the other.
The selfie is not as simple as snapping a picture of oneself
the paradox of the internet is that even the most intimate forms of sharing are mediated by a screen.
Diverse and individual personas are expressed through a vehicle that can loosely be defined as Selfies.
Techniques range usual from camera, electronic media, video, digital device to Internet-generated images.
In this case with the following images Vava Venezia have used a simple Samsung Mobil Camera.
Self-portraiture is often associated with identity, distortion, and individuality.
The artist is generally both sitter and author or generator in an intimate moment
of personal revelation or invention.
The “ Selfies” that artist Vava Venezia is creating is a journey in self exploration
as well as it is an open window to her complexity as a woman
and like a x ray camera would show her body from the inside,
in this way her own mobile camera shows her dreams and nightmares from the inside through her outside.
Vava Venezia is her self a camera as much as she is a voyeur and a mirror reflection .
She is unique like all of us and at the same time she is close to most women of today,
searching for identity and love.
In that way Vava's selfportrying project has reached one goal.
She is now seen by all of us in her privacy
and her wish to come out of the closet, and to brake out of her shell have been successful.
What more can be said then that her images talk for themselves where Vava Venezia herself is silent.
Thomas Dellert
Photographer and Curator.


My name is Vava Venezia
I'm a real woman.
I was born in Puerto Rico and I'm an Hispanic / Asian/ American girl.
After leaving my island at the age of 16 I have lived all over the world
and always looked for who I was and who I wanted to be, in every place I stayed in .
In New York, Paris, Berlin, Nice, Venice, Rome, Stockholm, Miami and so on.
I have had a rough journey, walking on glass and sometimes on burning coal.
Im a victim of domestic violence , children alienation, fraud, theft and sexual abuse.
All by my x husband.
I have been robbed on everything from my home, my personal belongings
and the right to have contact with my own three children.
Today after surviving all this that was put in my way. I feel like a surviver,
better so I feel like a kind of rock star.
The problem is I do not sing. I feel like a movie star but I don't act in public.
Me dressing up is a kind of game I do to ease my pain and sometime boredom,
and at the same time to search for the woman inside of me.
I look to expand my borders, to play with the different stereotypes
that the world of men have given women.
I do feel naturally sexy in everyday life, and strong in front on my own camera lens,
while I'm in fact extremely shy, believe it or not or should I say until social.
I act privately act out, what I never would dear to act out so bluntly in public.
I have found my inspiration in women of the past like Gloria Swanson of the silent film era,
or Sophia Loren, Monica Vitti, or even Marilyn Monroe of the golden days of Hollywood,
or the New York fetish queen Bettie Page of the 1950's.
And then of cause Lady Gaga, Jenifer Lopez, and Madonna in our times of pop culture.
But most of all its a self exploration, a search for the woman inside of me.
The woman I today have become by being bombarded by the mass media vision of a woman,
the fashion worlds vision and the view that most men have when looking at the photos I have taken in my privacy
that I now expose to the world, in order to see the reaction.
And maybe in that process , I might find out who I am, and who I want to be.
After all I have the right to choose don't I ?
Vava Venzia