Through a material-led practice, Tilly Thornborrow explores family photo albums from the viewpoint of a younger generation. These works are presented exclusively in tones of pink – a colour associated with comfort and security. It is also scientifically proven to reduce aggressive emotions. For the millennial generation – those born in the 1990s – positivity feels somewhat of a rarity; growing up in the digital age of social media, our lives have been marked by disconcerting politics, the constant threat of climate change, debt and stories of sexual harassment, whilst suicide non-coincidentally continues to grow as one of the biggest killers of young people today. It’s not surprising that comfort is found in a colour linked to innocence. Using old vernacular photography, the Millennial Pink series represents a yearning for the past.
Posted on 18 May 2020