Profile: Terence Nance Artist Last Update:September 29, 2016

Terence Nance is an artist born and raised in Dallas, Texas. His first feature film, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, premiered in the New Frontier section of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The film has garnered recognition from Filmmaker magazine, where he was selected as one of the 25 new faces of independent film. Oversimplification… also won the 2012 Gotham Award for “Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You.” The film has since been released theatrically in the US, UK, France, and South Africa and is currently available on DVD and digitally through Cinema Guild. Nance is a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow and his most recent films Swimming in Your Skin Again, and Univitillen premiered at Sundance 2016 and International Film Festival Rotterdam. He makes music under the name Terence Etc. as well, and currently resides in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn along with the rest of The Swarm.

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Selected Work

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I’ve been thinking about creating art as more like a bodily function, just pushing it out, manipulating it less. You take in information and stimulus on a daily basis, and the artwork is exhaling. The process of making Swimming… was like respiration, or like eating and taking a shit. Or like seeing and dreaming. Things you have to do. The result is something that may seem non-narrative, but every time I watch it I see something that ties it together that I did not intend.

Terence Nance

Excerpt from an interview with Nance by Ashley Clark for Vice magazine, titled “Terence Nance’s New Film Is a Surreal Trip Through the Swamps, Pools, and Black Churches of Florida”, December 9, 2015.

Links / Updates

Terence Nance, 25 New Faces of 2012, by Scott Macaulay for Filmmaker magazine

Francis, Terri. “Close-Up Gallery: The Afrosurrealist Film Society.” Black Camera 5.1 (2013): 209-219. Project MUSE. Web. 3 May. 2015.