Dawn Parsonage: The Boring Exhibition
26 June – 6 July 2019
A playful celebration of boredom through the eyes of artist and collector Dawn Parsonage.
Humorous and often beautiful, this collection of images explores boredom through found images and contemporary portraits. Boredom is a rare emotion to capture in a photograph and this is why Dawn has been drawn to collecting these images for over 20 years.
The exhibition is playful in itself. The images of bored people are displayed, as are boring photographs along with the opportunity for the viewers to take their own boring photograph. There is a playful nature to the fact they were taken in the first place. They show an intimacy between the sitter and the photographer.
Dawn enjoys the juxtaposition of the aesthetic of the snapshot, which is designed to be treasured and celebratory, containing something so contrary to that.
Her contemporary answer to these images is also presented as she looks at our relationship with boredom today, with the same playful themes.
Dawn Parsonage has been collecting photographs for over 20 years and has amassed over 10,000 images. She uses these images in her artistic practice, curating collections and presenting these images in a new light.
She works from her studio in London.