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.