Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Online Artist Talk

Teresa Eng
China Dream

In this online artist talk recorded July 30, 2020, photographer Teresa Eng discussed her book-making practice and the process of making her Burtynsky Grant-winning photobook, China Dream.

Teresa Eng (b. Vancouver, Canada) is a photographer who lives and works in London, England. Her work explores the inevitability of change through personal histories. Working intuitively, Teresa’s attention to the details in the world becoming a form of visual poetry. Teresa’s projects explore the psychological state of trauma (Speaking of scars, 2008 – 2010), the impact of technology on the representation of self (Self/Portrait, 2015), the fragmentation of identity in the diaspora communities (China Dream, 2013 – 2017) and the changing nature of neighbourhood and cities (Elephant, 2013 – present).

Teresa was awarded the 2019 Burtynsky Grant and was a finalist for the 2019 Aperture Portfolio Prize, Images Vevey Book award and Hyères 33e festival of fashion and photography. Her first book, Speaking of scars, was shortlisted for the 2013 Aperture/Paris Photo First Book Award. Her work has been featured in Aperture, British Journal of Photography, It’s Nice That, New Yorker, Vogue Italia, Raw View Magazine, Invisible Photographer Asia, Photoworks and L’Oeil De La Photography.