Teresa Eng, China dream
CREDIT: Teresa Eng

An afternoon with photographer Teresa Eng

Event info

Contemporary photographer Teresa Eng will be coming to RPS House on 14th March 2020 for a lecture event following the Contemporary SIG AGM will be held in the morning of 14 March, see separate event post for this

Contemporary SIG AGM 2020

Teresa Eng’s work has been featured in publications such as Vogue Italia, British Journal of Photography, Dazed & Confused, Raw View, Invisible Photographer Asia, Photoworks, and L’Oeil de la Photography. In 2018, Eng was a finalist for the Photographie Grand Prix at Hyères 33e festival of fashion and photography.  In 2019 she was runner up in the Aperture Portfolio Prize with her project “China Dream”. 


Teresa Eng works on long term projects that deal with transition and change and will talk to us about her recent projects.  “China Dream” and “Elephant and Castle” are examples of her work.


Growing up in Vancouver, Eng was only able to construct her vision of China from the cultural norms and traditions she experienced there.  Upon traveling to China in 2013 Eng was confronted with a stark contrast to her imagined state; drawing from cultural preconceptions formed in her youth she began photographically exploring the country. The resulting series, China Dream, evokes cycles of reconstruction and reinterpretation of the past happening in China due to the immense development occurring throughout the nation.

Elephant and Castle area was once relatively affordable but is undergoing rapid change, with 21 projects (costing over £4bn) either underway or in the pipeline, making it one of Europe’s largest regeneration projects ever.  Living in Elephant and Castle has presented Eng with an opportunity to document the transformation and the effect this has on the people who live there. The result is Elephant, a ten-year-long project.

Image above from Elephant, (c) Teresa Eng

See https://www.teresa-eng.com/ for more.

Cover Photo: From China dream by Teresa Eng

Event Organiser

Avril Harris


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