Nina Sverdvik is a senior lecturer in photography and is level 2 tutor. She studied MA Photography at the Royal College of Art in London, photography and film at Napier University in Edinburgh, and Literature at the University of Oslo. Whilst a student at the Royal College of Art she did a residency at Cité Internationale in Paris and won two major commissions for Land Securities Trillium and Grosvenor Estates in London.
Her practice is mainly concerned with the photographic portrait and narrative construction and deconstruction. Her work has been exhibited internationally, notably in the solo exhibition 'Proportional Reality' in Oslo 2007. Her work has been selected for 'Go to the Gallery', organised by Platform for Art, in which artists' work were displayed around the London Underground, and also for The John Kobal Portrait Prize and The Schweppes Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Her most recent work, a video called 'My father's car' (2008), is showing in Multichannel 2008, a selection of contemporary artist video and film at ArtSway Gallery in the New Forest. My father's car is a poetic meditation, investigating the emotional space between imaginary and real experiences. Focusing on a young and middle-aged man, it is about a journey from the past and a sea crossing from known to unfamiliar territory. The film's narrative is driven by memories and the timeline is therefore not chronological.
This project was funded by Arts Council England, Film and Video Umbrella, The Norwegian Embassy and Southampton Solent University Centre for Advanced Scholarship in Art and Design.