Conceptual Boredom is a photography project that explores our connection with our homes, our things, our food and our bored minds during the Covid-19 outbreak. The initiative aims to raise money for NHS Charities Together, in order to support the health and wellbeing of frontline NHS staff and volunteers.
Conceived and developed by creative team Camila Gurgel and Ieva Paulina, the photographic series documents the boredom of life in lockdown. The project will raise funds for NHS workers, who don’t have time to get bored, via a GoFundMe page.
“This project is a documentation of lockdown life, viewed through creative eyes, where we start to see things around us, in our homes and in ourselves from a different perspective. It explores how we’re relating to objects in a deeper way than ever before, how we merge with our homes and our stuff, and how we can turn boredom into art.”
Camila Gurgel, Senior Copywriter
In the Conceptual Boredom series of images, Camila and Ieva have used everyday objects to create surreal scenarios and shapes. The saturated colour and slightly vintage style give the visuals a sense of melancholy and nostalgia as well as humour. The pieces are designed to be both highly relatable and abstract at the same time.
Creative duo Camila and Ieva hail from Brazil and Latvia, respectively. They are both illustrators (previous projects include @the.gurgels and @just.eyebrows), and this is the first time they have launched a photography project, assuming the roles of photographers, stylists and set designers.
“Our amazing NHS staff and volunteers are working tirelessly to save lives, staying away from their homes and families. Meanwhile, we’re complaining about having to play Monopoly again. We’re lucky that boredom is our biggest problem during this time, so we thought we should use our privilege to help those working on the front line, who don’t have time to be bored.”
Ieva Paulina, Senior Art Director, M&C Saatchi