Svava Tergesen, Fancies, 2023, vinyl adhesive, 2.68 x 3 m. Courtesy of the Artist.

Svava Tergesen, Fancies, 2023, vinyl adhesive, 2.68 x 3 m. Courtesy of the Artist.


Featured Exhibition Tour | Svava Tergesen: Ornamental Cookery

Free, with Museum admission ticket

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In person at the Audain Art Museum
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Registration closes Saturday, April 1, 2023, 11:59PM PST

Please note the event time is in Pacific Standard Time

Join Svava Tergesen at the Audain Art Museum for a daytime tour of her first major solo exhibition, Svava Tergesen: Ornamental Cookery, a site-specific installation of large-scale collages and smaller photographic images. Taking inspiration from Roland Barthes’s eponymous 1957 text, Tergensen’s still life photography combines domestic and everyday culinary and textile practices to more deeply explore the issues of class, gender, and consumerism.

This daytime tour will be led by the artist Svava Tergesen, Capture Photography Festival’s Executive Director Emmy Lee Wall, and Director and Chief Curator of the Audain Art Museum Dr. Curtis Collins.

Svava Tergesen: Ornamental Cookery is co-organized by the Audain Art Museum and Capture Photography Festival. It is a Featured Exhibition for the 2023 Festival and curated by Emmy Lee Wall, Executive Director, Capture Photography Festival.

Svava Tergesen (b. 1993, Vancouver, British Columbia; lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia) 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’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). 

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