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Hand to Mouth

Tessa Bunney

13th Oct - 02nd Dec 2007

Hand to Mouth, commissioned by Impressions, explores the lives of villagers and nomadic shepherds in Romania’s Carpathian Mountains.

Watch Tessa Bunney talk about her work in the exhibition Hand to Mouth



Made over a period of four years, Tessa Bunney worked closely with these communities, spending prolonged periods travelling amongst villages and shepherd camps. She explains, “I would walk along cart tracks and dirt roads, photographing the people I met on the way - peasant farmers working the fields, women walking along knitting in the street”. As the title Hand to Mouth suggests, these people survive precariously by their own labour, bringing a new reality to our often-idealised notion of self-sufficiency.

Bunney takes us on a journey through the seasons, witnessing the changing landscape and the rhythms of rural activities: cheese making, crop harvesting and sheep milking. Her photographs reveal a way of life that is at times idyllic, yet often harsh. With Romania’s new EU membership and its associated health regulations, this mountain culture, rich in traditions linked closely with the land, is now under threat. Bunney says, “I hope these rural communities are given some choice in the direction of their future, and that their culture and the unique landscape they inhabit is not lost for ever”.

Publication

Tessa Bunney’s new publication Hand to Mouth, published by Impressions Gallery is available to buy in the Gallery Bookshop for £15.00. Hand to Mouth contains work created by Tessa Bunney over a period of four years, when she travelled to the Carpathian Mountains in Romania to meet village dwellers and nomadic shepherds, exploring the inter-dependency between the landscape and it's local inhabitants. Click here to read more

Exhibition on tour

Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes 31 May to 13 July 2011
Peninsula Arts, University of Plymouth
14 November to 19 December 2009

Untitled from the series Hand to Mouth

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Tessa Bunney

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Comments

Excellent show - really interesting subject and great photos.

A stunningly captured insight into rural community whose way of life may be under threat.

Exhibition visitor

Captures the quality (?) of life in another part of Europe. Brought back memories of the film ’Vodka Lemon’ Very graphic,brings a feel of other peoples lives.

Exhibition visitor

I haven’t seen such high quality and dedicated photography for a very long time. Your devotion and determination are an inspiration for everyone with passion for this form of art and any other form as well. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

Exhibition visitor

Your photo’s are so strong. Beautifully mounted. they look fab and that really attracted me to look closer. i really like all the fabric and i am intrigued by the photo’s where you close not to show the faces. Thanks.

Exhibition visitor

Beautifully stunning, a real photo-documentary of real people, so rare in today’s art work. Lovely attention to detail.

Exhibition visitor

A lovely collection showing they’re way of life, very different to ours in the UK.

Exhibition visitor

The landscapes are stunning, the haystack picture almost pattern-like with the pointed stacks scattered way into the distance. I like the close up detail of the people. Normally one might concentrate on faces, but to zoom in on their daily purpose/chore brings their lives nearer to us , and helps us share their experience. Thank you.

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