Terese Svoboda

Terese Svoboda was born in Nebraska in 1950. She holds a BFA from the University of British Columbia and an MFA from Columbia University. Her video narratives often explore the exotic Other through feminist concerns.

Solo exhibitions of her work have occurred at the Pink Pony, Harvestworks, the Knitting Factory, NYU, PBS, and the Donnell Library. Group exhibitions include The Getty, Berlin Videofest, RedCat Theater in L.A., Museum of Modern Art, SF Museum of Modern Art, Athens International Film Festival (Experimental Media Award), Ars Electronica, The Kitchen, Atlanta Film/Video Festival (Director’s Choice), Columbus Film Festival (honorable mention), Urbans Screens Melbourne, WNYC, Long Beach Museum of Art, Worldwide Video Festival, WNYC, L.A.C.E., Lifestyle TV, Berkeley’s Superfest, Mixed Signals, Chicago Art Institute, Montreal Film and Video Festival, L.A. Freewaves, Pacific Film Archives, Pasadena Art Museum, Simon Watson Gallery, International Women’s Day, Finnish Women’s Media Festival, Cal Arts, and New American Makers.

Svoboda’s work has been awarded an ITVS grant, Jerome Foundation grant, an Appleman Foundation grant, and a New York State Council for the Arts grant. The Getty chose one of her experimental biographies as one of the two best of the decade. The Village Voice chose two of her tapes as “Voice Choices.”

Svoboda co-curated Between Word and Image with MoMA, a lecture/exhibition series on poetry and video presented with Poets House, in Banff and the Northwest Film and Video Center. She also curated six years of Cast Iron TV, an artist-produced public access TV series on Manhattan Cable, praised by Dan Rather and cited by the NY Times critic Douglas Davis as “what TV should be doing.” Exit Art produced a retrospective in “Alternative Histories” last year. She was also founding member of the New York Anthropology Film Center that became the Margaret Mead Film Festival.

Svoboda is also the author of thirteen books of poetry, prose, memoir and translation.


The Talking Tea-Kettle

2011, 10:00 minutes, colour, English


2010, 10:00 minutes, colour, English

Noble Savage

2004, 08:59 minutes, colour, English

Rogue Transmissions

1992, 01:40 minutes, colour, English


1992, 15:04 minutes, colour, English

To See or Not to See

1991, 13:25 minutes, colour, English