A ‘selfie’ booth will be set up at Nowra Library from November 16 to 29 so that Shoalhaven residents can become part of the biggest public display in history at the State Library of NSW.
#NewSelfWales is an exciting new project which turns everyday selfies from Instagram into an immersive exhibition experience where you’ll be able to find yourself in the Library – literally!
State Librarian Dr John Vallance says, “We’re asking people from all corners of the state to get involved, get creative and share their portraits using the hashtag #NewSouthWales.”
“These portraits will feature alongside thousands from the State Library’s collection and from people around NSW, and ultimately become part of history as the Library captures the contemporary face of NSW in 2018,” says Dr Vallance.
Selfies taken by the public will join over 3,000 intriguing objects handpicked from the Library’s underground stacks to go on display – many for the very first time – across areas of the Mitchell not open to the public before.
“The Shoalhaven Community have the opportunity to be part of New South Wales history through this State Library exhibition. We invite residents to pop into Nowra Library when we host the travelling Selfie Booth. From the 16th through to the 29th of November we welcome you to join us in capturing who we are with the iconic selfie” says Sarah Taylor, Manager Shoalhaven Libraries
“If you’re not on Instagram, you can upload your portraits in real-time using the in-gallery photo booth when #NewSelfWales opens,” says Paula Bray, head of the Library’s DX Lab which has created this interactive experience.
Ms Bray leads the Library’s innovation hub dedicated to creating new and interesting ways for people to engage with the Library’s rich collection of paintings, photographs, drawings, manuscripts, books, maps and other objects.
“You can take any one of the 20,000-plus portraits in the Library’s collection and each one will tell you a different story about NSW and its people,” says Ms Bray.
"#NewSelfWales is about telling the story of now. Most people have taken a selfie and that’s what makes it the perfect way to show future generations who we are and how we chose to represent ourselves today,” says Ms Bray.
#NewSelfWales is on show at the State Library of NSW until 13 February 2019.