Lauren Dunn (AU)
Image: Lauren Dunn, Shopping for eggs, 2020.
While predominantly working with photography Lauren also occupies the idea of photographic thinking through other materials such as sculpture and video as a means of twisting the codes and conventions of mainstream photography. As an active participant in post-photographic discourse Lauren believes the many images we encounter on a daily basis are a critical indicator of broader political and social issues. With an inherent interest in popular consumption trends and their associated images, Lauren utilises her practise to understand and question the power structures influencing our consumer desires, ethics and the broader impact of commodity culture. Lauren graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) with a BA in Fine Art (honours) in 2018. Lauren has participated in a number of group and solo exhibitions in Melbourne, Sydney and the USA. Selected exhibitions include: Greener pastures, Kyneton Stockroom; The Green Sheen, BUS projects, Still Life Pt II, Verge Gallery Sydney, Fruit & Veg & Parodies, LON Gallery, Heavy Duty, CalArts (USA). Lauren participated in Spring 1883 (Sydney 2017, 2018 & 2019) with LON Gallery and was a finalist in the 2017 Bowness Prize and the 2019 Darebin Art Prize. She has been the recipient of a number of prizes including the Myer Family Foundation Prize, Abbotsford Convent start up studio residency award and the David Fell Photography Award. Her work is held in private and public collections in Australia and internationally. Lauren is the founder of new Melbourne based artist collective imagecollective.com.au.