Published: 23 Feb 2018

VALS: The Psychogeography of Memory

Thursday 1 March 2018 | 6pm | Bishop's Court | Biskupsky Dvur 6

The next talk in the Visiting Artists series will be given by the Slovak visual artist Jaro Varga. Born in 1982 and now based in Prague, Varga defines himself as 'a commentator on creation and destruction ... who enjoys seeking out subtle details of what is lost, and systematically looks after what is just being born.'

His multiple fields of study encompass geopolitical topography, the production and archiving of knowledge, social faux pas, and forgotten moments in history. In his work, he illustrates the various interconnections between objects, moments, situations and places that he finds or consciously seeks out by working with both their form and content.

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Jaro Varga has both a master’s degree and doctorate from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava; he has also participated in student exchanges at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw and Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania in the USA. He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at home and abroad, most recently'When Artists Speak Truth' at The 8th Floor Gallery in New York (2016), the 7th Bucharest Biennale (2016), 'In Someone’s Else Dream' at SODA Gallery in Bratislava (2017) and many others.

As an artist in residence, Varga has worked at Museums Quartier 21 (Vienna), Futura (Prague), Heppen Transfer (Warsaw), AIR Krems, Center for Art and Architecture ZK/U (Berlin), Triangle Arts Association (New York), and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul), among others. In 2008 and 2010, he was a finalist for the Young Visual Artist Award, in 2015 winner of Tatrabanka Award for Art, in 2017 winner of NOVUM Foundation Prize for contemporary art.

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