Daniel Terna

Daniel Terna (b. Brooklyn, NY, 1987) is a Brooklyn-based artist using photography and video as a means to uncover, reveal, and direct attention towards the overlooked.

As the first-generation child of immigrants (one of whom is a 94 year-old Holocaust survivor and painter, and the other a child of survivors), he has produced several photographic series and short films about family history and inherited trauma, subverting traditional ideas of memorialization in his exploration of various sites such as the Dachau Concentration Camp, military history museums and army bases across the United States, and bomb shelters in Israel.

Since 2017, his work has focused on mass gatherings such as Trump’s Inauguration, the Women’s March, the NYC Caribbean Day Parade, the Juggalo March on Washington, and the March for Our Lives. In conjunction to his work as an artist, Terna is a Director at 321 Gallery, an artist-run gallery space in Brooklyn that he founded in 2012. While mounting solo and group shows for a multi-generational group of emerging artists both in the gallery and at global art fairs, 321 has presented screenings, performances, hosted artist talks, and published books.

His work has been shown in select group exhibitions at MoMA PS1 (NYC); the International Center of Photography (NYC); Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (NYC); Baxter St. Camera Club of NY (NYC); New Wight Biennial (UCLA, Los Angeles); BRIC Arts Media Biennial (Brooklyn, NY); Eyebeam (NYC); the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts (Cambridge, MA); and Armory Center for the Arts (Pasadena, CA). Terna graduated with a BA in photography from Bard College and received his MFA from the International Center of Photography-Bard.

The book that was mentioned in the interview was Philip Roth’s Indignation.

A Crazy Bass from Daniel Terna on Vimeo.

Daniel Terna The Great Escape, 2016 30 x 20 inches Pigment print
Daniel Terna A Form of Protest, 2016 30 x 20 inches Pigment print




Cait Carouge and Alyse Ronayne, Angel in the House, exhibition view
, Courtesy 321 Gallery


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  1. […] Daniel Terna is based in Brooklyn, New York. There he runs an art gallery in addition to being a practicing artist. Recently his work has begun centering around Jewish identity. After someone recommended he investigate Asylum Arts Terna applied to a retreat and was accepted. Much of his work already dealt with the holocaust and his own father, a 94 year old holocaust survivor but he hadn’t delved much into explaining his Jewish identity through is work. Asylum Arts marked a turning point in that regard. […]