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Tina Carr & Annemarie Schöne

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Tina Carr & Annemarie Schöne

UK based collaborative duo, Tina Carr (b. 1950) and Annemarie Schöne (b. 1947) have been working together for 30 years on many diverse projects combining both photography and video.

Tina Carr & Annemarie Schöne

Biography

UK based collaborative duo, Tina Carr (b. 1950) and Annemarie Schöne (b. 1947) have been working together for 30 years on many diverse projects combining both photography and video. Through longstanding collaborations, Carr and Schöne work with marginalized and disenfranchised communities to project a positive image that challenges negative attitudes and stereotypical views.

Carr&Schöne’s work is held in public collections including the V&A, London, The Photographer’s Gallery, London; The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth; Deutsches Bergbaumuseum, Bochum, Germany; The Science Museum, London and Northumberland County Archives.

Portfolio The Gypsy Traveller Landscape

Bobbin Mill is the site of a post war social experiment where attempts were made to assimilate several Scottish Gypsy Traveller families itinerant in the Highlands. They were settled in Nissan huts until eventually, they were provided with the second hand chalets that they presently enjoy. Highly educated, the McPhees fought to have their ethnicity recognised by the Scottish Parliament.
Two sets of photographs shows the places the families used before they were forced to settle juxtaposed against the aftermath and devastation of the Dale Farm eviction. Not only was Dale farm levelled but also it was also 'bunded' to ensure that the families would never be able to move back on. Deep trenches were excavated, the services were removed and the whole site left contaminated with oil and asbestos.

Twenty families with young children remain on the roadside with nowhere else to go.

Portfolio The River is My Looking Glass

Gypsies and Travellers in the UK are equally vilified. This has been shockingly demonstrated by the battle for Dale Farm in Essex and the subsequent brutal eviction of the Irish Travellers to whom it had been home for 10 years. Indeed for 20 extended families it still is home - at least the road beside it is. With only one standpipe for water and no sanitation at all, these families hold fast to the contaminated remains of their homes because they have nowhere else to go.
No one wants a Gypsy site next door to them, and so it goes on. The Gypsies and Travellers are confined to existing overcrowded pitches and although government has allocated money for the purpose, councils are reluctant to take it up because the provision of new or transit sites is not going to win them any votes in the forthcoming election.

Portfolio Once We Were Birds: the Roma in Hungary

The Roma are the largest stateless minority in Europe, surviving not only the Holocaust, but also countless pogroms against them in every country in the world for two thousand years. The hostility towards them has not ceased, if anything it is getting worse due to the rise of right wing extremism throughout Europe. In Hungary they have been shot and their habitations bombed with Molotov cocktails.
The Roma inhabit the fringes of society - where the tarmac ends the Roma settlement begins; without running water, sanitation, jobs and often without food. Life is hard and often depends on payday lenders, who, if the debt cannot be repaid in money will take a child instead to be trafficked and brutally exploited in return.

Publications

Publications: 

2015 From the Horses Mouth, Hexpress

2014 Once We Were Birds, the Roma in Hungary, Parthian

2008 Coalfaces, Life After Coal in the Afan Valley, Parthian

1993 Pigs & Ingots, the Silver Lead Mines of Cardiganshire, YLolfa


 

Exhibitions: 

2011 Call the Witness, Media Archive of the 2nd Roma Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Italy

2011 Once We Were Birds, Open Society Institute, Brussels, Belgium

2010 János Balázs Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

2010 Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen, UK

2004-9 Coal Faces, University of Glamorgan, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, Oriel Q, Narberth, UK, and Westfälisches Industriemuseum, Dortmund, Germany

2002, 2003, 2005 & 2007 National Eisteddfod of Wales, UK

Additional information: 

Cerise Press featured Tina Carr and Annemarie Schöne’s series Tynescapes in their Summer 2011 issue.