Vanessa Teran

(Ecuador 1991)

Vanessa Teran is a multimedia artist and educator from Quito. In 2017, she graduated from the School of Visual Art. Works in NY and Ecuador using video, photo and installation. Her work goes around issues of identity and belonging, focusing on indigenous cosmology and contemporary resistance.



Selected to be part of 20F, Bolivia 2018. 

Excelence Award, "My Black is Beautiful" in NY Community Video Contest. Certificate by the Office of Community Schools and MOMI. 2018

Citizens Committee Neighborhood Grant, Runa Ñawi 2 , Bronx. 2018

More Art's Research Grant. Fund granted to develop "Runa Kuyun" photo serie and "Runa Ñawi", a visual laboratory and Andean cosmology workshops developed with the Kichwa and Andean immigrant community  and diaspora in NYC. 2018

Runa Kuyuyn, selected for the New York Times Portafolio Review 2018.

Brian Weil Memorial Fund by SVA, 2017

Fellow of the Engaging Artist Residency at More Art, 2017

Shortlisted for Art Works, Emerging Lens Mentorship Program, 2017. 

Finalist for the Award "Fotoperiodismo por la Paz “Juan Antonio Serrano”, 2017 Ecuador

Selected for the Mentor Program. Mentored by Stacey Clarkson, Harpers. 2016

SVA Hub Scholarship recipient 2014

SVA Photography Department Scholarship recipient 2014

IECE Excellence Scholarship 2013-2017

·Exhibitions & Screenings

June 22, 2018 "Localidades", Group Show at Universidad Andina, Ecuador. Exhibiting Runa Kuyun. Ecuador

June 8th 2018, "My Black is Beautiful" Screened at Museum of the Moving Image. U.S

May 17th 2018, "Indian Winter Screened at EDOC festival. Ecuador

Marzo 15, 2018 "Miradas Pendientes" Group Show, Museo de la Ciudad. Ecuador

January 16th 2018 One Year of Resistance at Untitled Space. U.S

July 7th 2017, Pulverize the Patriarchy at ChinaSoup Gallery. U.S

July 1s, 2017 t I am also We : The common consciousness of decolonial Art, Flux Factory. U.S

June 11 , 2017. The Border Crossing’s Origin Festival in London.UK

April 28th, 2017: Closing Weekend- Gesture & Juncture at Sideshow Gallery. Hosted by Queens College, CUNY MFA , 

April 27, 2017: Kanahus Manuel on Today’s Warrior Society at E-flux .U.S

"All My Relations" screening in Dawawine. Beirut, Jan 2017. Lebanon

March 24 , 2017 Becoming Shades, Group Show at SVA Flatiron Gallery . U.S

March 20,2017 Mentor Show, Group Show at SVA Chelsea Gallery. U.S

Dec 17th, 2016 Veterans and Media Activists Report Back From Standing Rock - Deep Dish TV. U.S

November 3rd, 2016: Indian Winter: Report from the Standing Rock Occupation hosted by BFA Photo and Video department and MFA Art Writing and the School of Visual Arts. U.S


Articles & Publications

"El Kapak Raymi tambien es un Migrante" published by La Barra Espaciadora

 Kapak Raymi, Indigeneity & migration. Documentary Photography and self representation at Kichwa Hatari Radio. 

Itinerario de Tigres, Text by Cristina Burneo, published in La Barra Espaciador and Lundi magazine. 

Mitakuye Oyasin, Standing Rock.  Archive Magazine

Standing Rock, la gran pregunta published by La Barra Espaciadora

"Standing Rock, the story of a heroic resistance" published by Roar Magazine 

All my Relations published by Mask Magazine

"Standing Rock, una resistencia histórica" Revista Alexia, Spain, Dec 2016 & Littoral, France Feb 2017.

"Woman's March", published by gkillcity. Washington, 

"Varanasi" published by gkillcity.