Speaking of Scars.
Photographs by Teresa Eng.
If / Then Books, 2013. 68 pp., 50 color illustrations, 6¾x9".
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‘Speaking of scars’ deals with trauma and memory. During a 3-year period, photography was used to process an experience that couldn’t be processed. In the book memory takes the form of images, as it repeats and reconfigures itself around new and existing experiences.
Despite the fragile nature of the images, the book expresses its brutal subject in a delicate way as it explores the complexity of trauma. The details of banal life offer up a world where things once seemingly benign become menacing; yet beauty holds resonance.
‘Speaking of scars” is an expression of the unspeakable, taking inconceivable events and transforming them into a visible language.
“Speaking of Scars did not make too many “best of 2012” lists, but it should have… As a photobook, it is easily and most successfully pushing the boundaries of what can be done with the medium.” Joerg Colberg, Conscientious
“The very best photo books are those that are able to move something within you, and Speaking of Scars is a wonderful example of this rare accomplishment.” Hotshoe magazine
“Eng’s use of photography as an index not of material facticity, but of experience, and of mental processes, is profoundly effective.” Daniel Jewesbury, Source
Read Adam Bell's review of Speaking of Scars on photo-eye Blog.