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Social media platform. Billion-dollar company. Home of fitspiration, avocado brunches, and over-filtered sunsets. Instagram is the place where we share our lives and peek into the lives of others—friends, family, influencers, celebrities. But what does it mean to encounter photographs as part of Instagram’s endless feed? How does this platform shape how we think about contemporary photography as a daily practice and an art form?

Join National Museum Cardiff as they discuss Instagram as a key context for contemporary art and culture. This half-day public symposium will feature a host of expert speakers, including art historians and media scholars, in conversation with visual artists from South Wales and beyond. Through a series of roundtables and panel discussions, we’ll consider selfies as a new genre of portrait photography, delve into innovative historical or artistic projects developed on Instagram, and explore how practicing artists make use of the platform.

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