Svava Tergesen

Svava Tergesen is an interdisciplinary artist living and working on unceded Musqueam territory (Vancouver, BC). Svava is interested in how everyday objects produce meaning, and how photography can be used to stage a novel encounter with the familiar. Combining elements of sculpture, collage and cooking, her work reimagines experiences of domesticity, gender and health. Tergesen has a forthcoming solo exhibition at the Audain Art Museum, Whistler opening in April, 2023.

Tergesen’s photo & video works have been exhibited at Trapp Projects (Vancouver, Canada); Macaulay & Co. Fine Art (Vancouver, Canada); the University of Iowa (Iowa City, USA); Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival (Hawick, Scotland); the Polygon Gallery (North Vancouver, Canada); The Halide Project (Philadelphia, USA); and Seymour Art Gallery (North Vancouver, Canada), among others. Her recent commission with the City of Vancouver, Garnished sundries, was on view at 20 bus shelters around Vancouver in January 2022. She has participated in residencies at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (Banff, AB) and Duplex Artist Society (Vancouver, BC). Her work has been nominated for the New Generation Photography Award (2021) and the Lind Prize (2020).

Svava Tergesen, Centrepiece, 2021, Archival pigment print, framed, 28.5 x 40”, edition of 5 + 2AP

Svava Tergesen, Marbled Watermelon, 2021, Archival pigment print, framed, 21 x 30”, edition of 5 + 2AP

Svava Tergesen, Granny Smith, Arctic Char , 2022, Archival pigment print, framed, 11 x 15.75”, edition of 5 + 2AP

Svava Tergesen, Country Farmhouse Arrangement, 2022, Archival pigment print, framed, 14 x 21”, edition of 5 + 2AP

Svava Tergesen, Galas, Heirloom Tomato, 2022, Archival pigment print, framed, 11 x 15.75”, edition of 5 + 2AP

Installation Views of Crudites at the Polygon Gallery, North Vancouver, 2020

Svava Tergesen, works from the Crudités series, 2019. Courtesy of the Artist. Photo: Michael Love.

Installation at Kingsway & St George St, Vancouver,BC

Installation at Alberta and 49th Ave, Vancouver, BC