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Perimeter x Nishi Gallery: One Day Bookshop | Perimeter Editions x Bec Parsons – Canberra Book Launch

This coming weekend at Nishi Gallery, Canberra, Perimeter is thrilled to present the exhibition launch for Bec Parsons’ new book Lone Dove, alongside our annual One Day Bookshop event. The exhibition opens Friday November 29, 6pm–8pm, and will feature a book signing by the artist.

Perimeter’s One Day Bookshop will take place on Saturday November 30, 11am–6.30pm, and will feature a range of key new titles from our stable of European, US and Australian publishers, including MACK (London), Spector Books (Liepzig), Roma Publications (Amsterdam), Fw: Books (Amsterdam), Valiz (Amsterdam), Onomatopee (Eindhoven), Nieves (Zurich), Triangle Books (Brussels), The Ice Plant (Los Angeles), Perimeter Editions (Melbourne) and more. Alongside the bookshop, the day will feature an informal artist talk and gallery walk-through with Bec Parsons and Perimeter’s Dan Rule.

Nishi Gallery, 17 Kendall Lane, Canberra, ACT,
Ngunnawal Country
Exhibition Opening & Book Signing
Friday November 29, 2019
One Day Bookshop
Saturday, November 30, 2019

11am–6.30pm (artist talk from 2pm)

About Lone Dove: Bec Parsons has built an international career around her sensitive negotiations of the ever-elusive space between photographer and muse. Chiefly known for her work in fashion, the photographer’s output radiates with a rare collaborative dynamic. Both her photographs and her subjects share agency and voice; their underpinning is one of connection, subtlety and spontaneity.

Following on from her debut publication, Coney Island, Parsons’ latest book for Perimeter Editions, Lone Dove – the subject of this exhibition – takes this collaborative quality to new depths. Shifting her gaze to young model and champion equestrienne Lauren Devaney, Parsons joined Devaney and her family on their biannual pilgrimage from their home in Arizona to the Music Meadows ranch in Westcliffe, Colorado. Spanning summer and winter – fast-paced rodeo competition and lonely ranch work amidst the dramatic Colorado landscape – the series sidles both joy and tragedy, as Parsons’ soft gaze renders Devaney, her wider family, their horses and the uniquely American landscapes their lives occupy.

Flitting between the documentary and the personal, Lone Dove offers an at once intimate and expansive reading of a group of anomalous lives amidst the iconographic American West. In the process, she gently challenges the archetypes of what it means to be a young woman, a model, a horsewoman, a sister and a daughter.

Bec Parsons’ editorial work has been featured in major fashion publications including Harpers’ Bazaar, Vogue, Teen Vogue, 10 Magazine, Sunday Times Style, Elle, RUSSH, Manuscript, PUSS PUSS, i-D, Dazed & Confused and Oyster; and also in LoveWant, the magazine she founded with her husband and fellow photographer Bartolomeo Celestino in 2005. Her timeless, minimal aesthetic is highly regarded, and has seen her at the forefront of the resurgence of analogue photography in fashion.