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Tessa Bunney United Kingdom

Part artist, part sociologist, Tessa Bunney explores domestic labor in and around Hanoi, Vietnam.

To qualify for future membership in the European Union, Romania is banning some farming practices that will forever change the lives of communities living in the Carpathian Mountains. Photographer Tessa Bunney documents these centuries-old customs before they disappear.
About Tessa Bunney

Since graduating from West Surrey College of Art and Design in 1988, I have worked as a documentary photographer undertaking personal projects and editorial photography as well as a wide range of commissions and residencies nationally and internationally. My project Home Work was published by Dewi Lewis in 2010 and was exhibited and published nationally and internationally including the Land exhibition as part of the Noorderlicht Festival, 2010. Home Work was the result of two six month periods living in Vietnam, exploring domestic labour in the suburbs and villages in and around Hanoi. Previous projects include Hand to Mouth which explores the lives of villagers and nomadic shepherds in Romania’s Carpathian Mountains which was exhibited and published by Impressions Gallery, Bradford in 2007. I have also spent many years photographing hill farmers and small food producers in the North York Moors around where I live.

In 2010, I undertook a commission for Hereford Photography Festival about the Hereford cow which was exhibited at the Festival that year and was artist in residence at Jyväskylä printmaking centre in Central Finland exploring the landscape of the frozen lake which I published as an artists book in 2012. Järvenjää/Lakeice was also published editorially and exhibited in the UK and in Finland and will be exhibited at Photofusion, London in January 2014 along with my photo film On the Board about London’s Serpentine Swimming Club.

I am currently based in Vientiane, Lao PDR where I am freelancing for NGOs and working on a new series which is supported by Arts Council England.

I am represented by Zoe Bingham Fine Art in London and Klompching Gallery in New York.

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