Before the selfie there was the self-portrait: in his new book Martí Guixé invites us to go back to our origins and discover the many different ways of depicting our faces, forgetting about our smartphone's camera at least for a while. A mirror, a pencil, a good dose of a spirit of observation and a copy of Selfie Book: that's all you need to start creating a very personal gallery of analogue selfies. For each self-portrait the book provides a page to do some proofs and the opposite page to create the actual drawing, with a reference point for the nose in order to facilitate things; there is room to draw all the details you want, without forgetting the backdrop that will change with you from time to time. Selfie Book is an original way to record our own changes and to capture the moments we want to remember, but it is also an invitation to see ourselves with different eyes, taking the time we need to observe (and appreciate) our own peculiarities.
Martí Guixé was born in Barcelona in 1964. He studied Interior Design in Barcelona and then Industrial Design at the Scuola Politecnica di Design in Milan. He lives and works “on living matter” between Barcelona and Berlin, devoting himself to inventing “brilliantly simple ideas of curious significance”; a self-designated “ex-designer”, he works for such companies as Camper, Chupa-Chups, Desigual, Droog Design, Saporiti and Watx. His work has been exhibited at MoMA, New York, the London Museum of Design, MACBA in Barcelona and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.