Teenage Bedrooms: 'like a house inside of a house'

Exhibition looks at the natural habitat of the modern teen

Wednesday 25th January 2017

Bedroom belonging to Georgia, aged 15, East London. Photography by Kyna Gourley

London's Geffrye Museum (Museum Of The Home) has extended the run of its exhibition looking at the current incarnation of a unique environment, that has been the birthplace of expression, rebellion and bands for decades - the teenager's bedroom. 

This display steps inside the homes of 26 London teenagers to explore the meaning and significance of contemporary teenage bedrooms. Within the home the teenage bedroom can be a space apart, described by one participant in the study as “like a house inside of a house”.

Guitars, turntables music posters, books and laptops belonging to young adults sit next to toys and artefacts of relatively recent childhood in Kyna Gourley's photos, offering a unique perspective on contemporary teenage life.

Teenage bedrooms is guest curated by Carey Newson, an ESRC-funded doctoral researcher from the Centre for Studies of Home – a partnership between the Geffrye and Queen Mary, University of London. The photography is by Kyna Gourley. The project is supported by the Centre for Public Engagement, Queen Mary, University of London.

The exhibition runs until Sunday 23 April 2017.

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