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.

 
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2019   Kaleidoscope, Somerset House, London

2019   209 Women, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool

2018   209 Women, Palace of Westminster, London

2018   Futures Talent Pool, Unseen Photo Fair, Amsterdam

2018   Hyères 33e Festival de Mode, de Photographie et D’Accessoire de Mode, France

2018   Snapshot to WeChat: A Migration of Identity, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool

2017   Burning with pleasure #3, Photofusion, London

2017   You and Me, Landskrona foto festival, Landskrona, Sweden

2016   Roads Less Traveled, TIFF festival, Warsaw

2015   Photobook Exhibition, Athens Photo Festival, Athens

2014   Photography as Installation, Oxford house, London

2014   Rolling snowball 5, CEAC-DIS, Djupivogur, Iceland

2014   Photobookshow Malmö, Galleri Vasli Souza, Malmö

2013   Reading photographs, Camec, La Spezia, Italy

2013   E book show, Southhampton

2011   On water, Canal museum, London

2009   Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Rochelle school, London

2009   Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Cornerhouse, Manchester

2009   Fresh Faced and Wild Eyed, The Photographer’s Gallery, London

 
AWARDS

2019 Burtynsky Grant, Winner

2019 Aperture Portfolio Prize, finalist

2019 Images Vevey Book Award, finalist

2018 Hyères 33e Festival de Mode et de Photographie, France, finalist

2015 Gasworks International Fellowship

2015 Canada Council of the Arts Travel Grant

2013 First book award: Paris photo/Aperture foundation, Paris, shortlisted

2013 Dummy award: Fotobook festival, Kassel, shortlisted

2013 Book design award: Antalis review, shortlisted

2009 Pol Roger New Image Competition, winner

 
BOOKS

2019   China Dream published Skinnerboox, hardback, 112 pages plus booklet

2016   Self/Portrait, self-published, hardback, 36 pages plus 15 gatefolds

2012   Speaking of scars, self-published, hardback, 68 pages

 
COMMISSIONS

2018   208 Women, Palace of Westminster, London

2018   Liverpool 2018 commission, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool

2012  Olympics portrait commission, The Photographer’s Gallery, London

 
PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Parliamentary Art Collection, Palace of Westminster

Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool

Instituto Moreira Salles, São Paulo

National Art Library, Victoria & Albert Museum

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University

Haas Family Arts Library, Yale University

 
ARTIST RESIDENCIES

2015   Organhaus, Chongqing, China

2015   Dimension Art Centre, Chongqing, China

2013   Chinese European Art Centre, Xiamen, China

 

SELECTED REVIEWS AND PUBLICATIONS


2020   Collector Daily, Review: China Dream, Loring Knoblauch
2020   British Journal of Photography, Teresa Eng’s China Dream, Marigold Warner
2019   Internazionale, Portfolio: Il Sogno Cinese, Giovanna D’Asenzi
2019   It’s Nice That, Teresa Eng’s 10 year project documents the regeneration of Elephant & Castle and it’s impact on communities, Ruby Boddington
2019   Financial Times, Snapshot: Kaleidoscope at Somerset House, Jessica-Heron Langton
2019   Aperture, 2019 Portfolio Prize Runner-up, Cassidy Paul
2018   Vogue Italia, Photostories: Teresa Eng
2018   Molty Mag, La China Vaporeuse et connectée de Teresa Eng, Jemina Boraccino
2018   Tilt zine: Open Eye Gallery ‘Teresa Eng’s Instagram’, Laura Robertson
2017   Splash & Grab magazine, The Overlook. Looked Over, Max Ferguson, Issue 4, Print
2017   Raw View magazine, Issue 09, Autumn, ‘Space Defined’, Sheila Zhao, Print
2017   Xing, Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee, Book
2017   Photoshelter, Allen Murabayashi, ‘Teresa Eng: Portrait of a selfie’, 14 Feb 2017
2015   SPBH/Aperture, Self Publish, Be Happy: A DIY Photobook Manual & Manifesto,  Bruno Ceschel, Book
2013   Photoeye, Book review: Speaking of scars’, Adam Bell
2013   Paris Photo, ‘First Photobook Shortlist: Speaking of scars’, Barbara Tannenbaum
2013   Source Magazine, Issue 75, ‘Review: Speaking of scars’ Daniel Jewesbury, Print
2013   Hotshoe Magazine, Issue 183, ‘Review: Speaking of scars’, Joanna Cresswell
2013   Conscientious, ‘Review: Speaking of scars’, Jörg Colberg,
2010   Portfolio Magazine, Issue 51, ‘The real aesthetic: Documentary noise’, David Bate
2009   Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2009, exhibition catalog

 

TALKS, ONLINE & EVENTS

2019   Visiting Lecturer, Belfast School of Art
2019   New Yorker Photo, Instagram Takeover
2019   The Photographers Gallery, Instagram Takeover
2019   Cheese by Konbini, One Minute Portrait
2018   Artists talk, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool
2017   Artists talk, Sino Flux, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
2017   With Caravan Projects: Polycopies (FR), Zum Festival (BR), Feira Tijuana (BR), Friends w/ Books (DE), Cultural Traffic (UK), Missread (DE) Multiple Art Days (FR)
2016   With Caravan Projects: C/O Book Days (DE), Polycopies (FR)