Terence Nance

Artadia Awardee

“Terence Nance’s performances and films destabilize any expected narratives to focus instead on individuals, bodies, and gestures with a cinematic lushness punctuated by political resonance.” – Carmen Hermo, Assistant Curator, Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum

Terence Nance was born in Dallas, Texas in what was then referred to as the State-Thomas community. Nance learned personhood there. Nance’s first feature film, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically in 2013. Nance’s most recent films, Swimming in Your Skin Again and Univitillen, premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and the 2016 New York Film Festival, respectively. In 2017, Nance premiered a performance piece, 18 Black Boys Ages 1-18 Who Have Arrived at the Singularity and are Thus Spiritual Machines at Sundance. Nance is currently at work on healing, curiosity, and interdimensionality.

Terence Nance is the recipient of the 2018 New York Artadia Award.