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Here and There - Migration Museum 
Emigration Art Portrait Dawn Parsonage Migration Museum foundphotouk

7 portraits

C-type paper 

Interviews updated through the duration of the exhibition 

Ongoing project


Portrait series commissioned by the Migration Museum. Part of 'Departures - a new immersive exhibition exploring 400 years of emigration from Britain from the Mayflower to the present day through personal narratives, contemporary art and a range of media. 

My piece 'Here and There' looks at the stories and emotions experienced by those emigrating today. 

Emigrating is as much an emotional journey as a physical one. It forces us to ask fundamental questions about what we consider important and essential.

What do you leave and what do you bring with you? What does home mean? These questions are asked today just as they would have been when the Pilgrims embarked on the Mayflower 400 years ago.


Here and There, commissioned by the Migration Museum, considers this emotional journey through photographic portraiture, found photography and interviews.


The focus of the piece is a series of portraits underscoring the emotions of individuals and couples before they leave. I captured portraits while the participants contemplated the life they were leaving and their new life ahead.   


The project will continue as I follow up with the participants once they have settled abroad, periodically interviewing them via WhatsApp over the course of the exhibition.

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