CHINA DREAM a photobook by Teresa Eng that explores China, the fragmentation of identity and the diaspora.
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.
More information: www.kickstarter.com/projects/chinadream