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6 years in the making, a photobook that explores China, the fragmentation of identity and the diaspora.
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I'm Teresa Eng.  I'm a fine art photographer who works on long term projects that deal with change whether it's psychological or the naturre of changing cities and countries in relationship to recent history [ Website www.teresa-eng.com   Instagram @TeresaEng ]

My project “China Dream” explores the fractured identity of second generation diaspora as they’re straddled between their motherland and birth country. 

From 2013 to 2017, I visited China to explore my ancestral roots. My parents were part of the mass exodus of Mainland Chinese who fled to Hong Kong during the Communist revolution in the 1950s. 

The project is also an ode to the magics and mistakes of analogue photography. I spent another 2 years experimenting in the colour darkroom to make images that reflected the constant cycles of construction, destruction and reconstruction that I witnessed in China.

The  title “China Dream” came from a patriotic calendar that I came across  in a newsstand. It’s a political slogan that President Xi Jinping  introduced in 2013, where hard work and entrepreneurial spirit will lift  up each individual and the nation into prosperity.  

Wave (Blossom)
Three Gorges from China Dream 2016

Why a Photobook?

I've always loved the photobook as an object. Books allow me to combine the sequencing of images, text and materials together to create a form of visual poety. 

I've designed and self-published two other photobooks. Speaking of scars was a finalist for the Aperture Paris Photo First Book Prize.

Speaking of scars

Self/Portrait


Kickstarter Rewards

In addition to the book, I'm offering other rewards including Limited Edition Prints, a poster of Chinese Graffitti and gallery prints 

11 x 14 LIMITED EDITION PRINTS

I have four limited edition 11 x 14" prints available to choose from. Each print is signed and titled on reverse and is available in an edition of 50.  

The image size is 9’ x 11″ on 11 x 14″ ( 23 x 28cm on 28 x 36cm). 

Left: Wave (Fish)   Right: Mirror
Left: Wave (Fish) Right: Mirror
Left: Wave (Blossom)     Right:  Fortune
Left: Wave (Blossom) Right: Fortune

CHINESE GRAFITTI POSTER

The title "Chinese Graffitti" is a nod to George Lucas' film "American Graffitti"  This photograph of a giant plant with Chinese names scratched onto the leaves. The poster is B2 size (20 x 28in) printed on 170GSM paper.

Chinese Grafitti Poster – Size B2 (20 x 28in)

THE BOOK 

The book will be a hardback edition with 120 pages and 70 images. It will be published by Italian publisher Skinnerboox and printed in Italy. 

One of first edits fo the book that I did in 2017 with the help Karen McQuaid (Senior Curator at Photographers Gallery) Max Ferguson (Picture Editor at Port magazine))

I'm excited to be working with other Chinese Diaspora designers and writers. London-based Chinese designers Twelve are doing the design and layout. 

Chinese American writer Vanessa Hua, author of "River of Stars", "Deceit and other Possibilities" and SF Chronicle columnist. has written an essay about the Chinese Diaspora experience.

Junction from China Dream, 2017

Launch Events

There will be a book launch for China Dream in the following cities:

  • Paris, 2019: Polycopies at Paris Photo
  • London, 2019:  The Photographers Gallery Bookshop
  • New York, 2020: Museum of Chinese in America

If you'd like to be informed of events in your area, please sign up to my mailing list. It would be pleasure to meet you there.

Bridge from China Dream, 2016

Awards and Press

China Dream was awarded the Burtynsky Grant
China Dream was a finalist in the Aperture Portfolio Prize
China Dream was a finalist in the Images Vevey Book Award
China Dream was a finalist in the Hyeres 33e Festival de Mode et de Photographie
China Dream was featured in @NewYorkerPhoto
Teresa's series "Self/Portrait" and "China Dream" was featured in Vogue Italia

My Other Books

Speaking of scars, 2012 - Finalist in the Aperture Paris Photo First Book Award
Speaking of scars, 2012 - Finalist in the Aperture Paris Photo First Book Award
Self/Portrait Artist Books: Comes with Dichroic slipcase, limited ed print
Self/Portrait Artist Books: Comes with Dichroic slipcase, limited ed print

Your support is really appreciated. Thanks for being part of it!

Risks and challenges

Making a photobook and distributing has always been a labour of love. The funds raised from kickstarter will to pay for the design, print, production and marketing of of China Dream. The project is complete; all of my images are scanned and ready to go.

The remaining production costs will be covered by my savings and a Burtynsky book Grant which I have secured. Your support is much appreciated.

COST BREAKDOWN

54% Printing & Production
20% Design
8% Kickstarter and payment fees
7% Marketing
6% Postage and Packing
5% Backer rewards

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    12 X 16" Print (Ed. of 10) + Book

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