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Impressions Gallery

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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

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Tessa Bunney

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