Jaro Varga

Born in Slovakia

Lives and works in Prague, Czech Republic

 

Education

 

2010-2014: Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Department of Intermedia, degree: Doctor of Art (Art.D.), gained in June 2014, Dissertation: “Expanded Role of Artist”

2005-2010: Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Department of Intermedia, degree: Master (Mgr.art), gained in June 2010

2000-2005: University of Presov, Faculty of Humanities and Natural Sciences, Department of Arts: degree: Master (Mgr.), gained in May 2005

 

Scholarships

 

2011: Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Austria, Doctoral research scholarship (awarded by Ministry of Education of Slovak Republic)

2009: Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, Department of Fine Arts, USA

2007: Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, PL Erazmus Program

Selected Exhibitions

2019

We don’t know that we know, huntkastner Prague in cooperation with Ivan Gallery, Bucharest

History is His Story, NEST ruimte voor kunst, The Hague Netherlands

Circular Rectangle, Kunst im Kreuzgang, St Jodokus, Bielefeld, Germany

SIGNAL - The Story of Slovak (Post)conceptual Art, Ludwig Museum Budapest, Hungary

IDEAL CITY, Eindhoven Footnotes of Onomatopee Projects,  Onomatopee, Eindhoven, Netherlands 

Traveling to the End, National Museum of Modern and Contemorary Art, ChangDong, Seoul South Korea 

Miart Milan, Selection of Soda Gallery, Italy

Operative and External Memory, Gallery Medium in Bratislava, Slovakia 

Double Library, site specific installation in collaboration with Moravska Galerie in Brno and Masaryk University, Czech Republic

Trh nikdy nespí, site specific installation, SOGA Bratislava, Slovakia

The Portnet of Light (with Lucia Tkacova),  Gallery of Jozef Kollár, Banská Štiavnica, Slovakia (opening 21th December 2019)

2018

About Books, Gallery AlbumArte, Rome, Italy

Unknowing Knowns | Knowing Unknowns, The National Museum of Art, Bucharest, Romania

Probe 1 / The Story of Slovak (Post)conceptual Art, Prague City Gallery, Czech Republic

I found it somewhere but I cannot find it, At Home Gallery, site specific installation in old synagogue, Samorin, Slovakia 

KATALOG ENTROPII SZTUKI, Gallery Entropia and Library of University of Warsaw, Poland

I created the line, SODA Gallery, Bratislava

We the People, Central Slovakian Gallery, Banská Bystrica, Slovakia

Clouds Bratislava, public art project, White Night, in collaboration with Ilona Németh and Marian Ravasz

The Last Amazonian Congress, Polana, Slovakia

Situation 50, Gallery Klatovy Klenova, Czech Republic

LISTE Art Fair Basel, selection of Ivan Gallery, Switzerland 

There are more things, Gallery Kabinet T, Zlín

SO(n)DA, conceptual tendencies, P74 gallery Ljublana

Algoritmy obrazov, obrazy algoritmov, Gallery Medium Bratislava

Triennal of Small Object and Drawing, Gallery of Jozef Kollár, Banská Štiavnica, SK

 2017

MISSING SOMETHING AND ITSELF MISSING, Ivan Gallery Bucharest

In Someone’s Else Dream, SODA Gallery Bratislava

Situation After the Arrival of the Warning Patrol, East Slovak Gallery Kosice 

Escape Route, The Rooster Gallery Vilnius, Lithuania

PANELAND, Moravská Galerie Brno

The Hacked Dream, SPZ Gallery Prague 

Clouds, public art in Kosice, White Night (in collaboration with Ilona Németh)

AMIWHATIAMTHINKINGABOUT?, Karlin Barracks, 4+4 International Festival of Contemporary Art in Prague 

Art Paris, SODA Gallery selection (with Stano Filko and Lucia Tallova)

Jaro Varga, Gallery Bistro 8, Prague

Laziness, Kulturfabrik Tabačka, Košice 

Volta Art Fair, SODA Gallery selection, Basel

 

2016

When Artists Speak Truth, The 8th Floor Gallery, New York City, USA

What are we building down there? Bucharest Biennale 7, Bucharest RO 

Texture of Time, Flatgallery Bratislava

Slovak State, Slovak National Gallery / Kunsthalle Bratislava

 

2015
Imagined Communities, Personal Imaginations, Budapest Gallery and the Kiscell Museum, Budapest, HU
LIBRARY 26.10.2015-3.1.2016, Gdanska Galeria Miejska, Gdansk, PL 
Life: A User's Manual, Gallery Prozori, Zagreb, Croatia 
In the shade they flourish, public art project, Imago Mundi Foundation Krakow, BWA Tarnów, Tarnów, Poland
Mirror and Mask, Soga, Bratislava, SK
Lost Library, Muzeum Contemporary, Slovak National Museum, Betliar, SK
Triennal of Small Object and Drawing, Gallery of Jozef Kollár, Banská Štiavnica, SK
Soft Codes, Museum of Contemporary Art in Wroclaw, PL
Tektonika paměti, Dom umění in Brno, CZ
Private Nationalism, Open Gallery in Bratislava, SK

2014
Tektonika paměti, Gallery of Emil Flla, Ústí nad Labem, CZ
 The First Man Was an Artist, Central Slovakian Gallery, Banská Bystrica, SK
"Was ist Kunst?", Gallery HIT, Bratislava, SK 
Plato's third eye, Meetfactory, Prague, CZ
Private Nationalism, Ostrale, Dresden, DE
Private Nationalism, Zsolnay Cultural Quater, Pécs Gallery m21, Pécs, HU
Ptolemaiovy děti, NTK Gallery, Prague, CZ
Situace 50, Pavilon Gallery, Prague, CZ
Private Nationalism, Kunsthalle Kosice, SK
Circular Ruins, French Institute in Prague, MeetFactory Prague, CZ
Private Nationalism, Divus, Prague, CZ

2013
Dysraphic City, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin, DE 
Open studio, Triangle Arts Association, New York City, USA
Metaphysik der Disziplin, Czech Center, Berlin, DE 
Vulnerable Failures, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Korea, Seoul, South Korea 
„Katalog Entropii Sztuki“, Gallery Entropia, Wroclaw, Poland 
Prague Biennale 6, Prague, CZ 
Subterranean Echoes, Center for Art and Urbanism, Berlin, DE
Blind spot, NTK Gallery, Prague, CZ
Panel Story, Bratislava City Gallery, Bratislava, SK
M(i)esto medzi pamäťou a nepamäťou, Turčianska Gallery, Martin, SK 
Panel Story, Turčianska Gallery, Martin, SK

2012
The Discovery of Slowness II, Tranzit SK, Bratislava, SK
On Boredom, Kulturfabrik TABAČKA, Košice, SK
At the End of Universe, Berlínskej model, Prague, CZ
WHAT’S HAPPENING THESE DAYS?, Etc.Gallery, Prague, CZ
Delete. Art and Wiping out, Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava, SK
Master and Disciple 4, Ilona Németh & Jaro Varga, Magma Contemporary Art Space, Sfântu Gheorghe, RO
Zlínsky salón mladých 2012, Dům umění ve Zlíne, CZ
Lost Library, Gallery Heppen Transfer, Warsaw, PL
„My sme podstavec“, Vymenník, Košice, SK
 Intervencion 2012, Public art project Trebišov, SK

2011
Eleventh Hour, Gallery FUTURA Prague, CZ
Public Folklore, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, AT
Why do I keep reading the same books?, AMT project, Bratislava, SK 
MAPY/MAPS, Bratislava City Gallery, Bratislava, SK
LIBRARIANISM, Gallery NTK, Prague, CZ
PRIMS, The Orchard Centre, Sheffield, UK
TWIST- Tuica/Tusovka, 91mQ Art project space, Berlin, DE

2010
“Where do we go from here?”, Secession Vienna, AT 

Touristic Routes, D Raum Museums Quartier, Vienna, AT
“Der Drang nach Osten”, Gallery HIT Bratislava, SK
Transart Communication- Public Dialog, Komarno, Komarom, SK HU
Startpoint, Gask Gallery, Kutna Hora, CZ
Priestor / Prostor Z(I)LIN(A), Povazská Gallery in Zilina, Krajska Gallery in Zlin, SK,CZ
Exhibition of finalists of Oskar Cepan Award, Gallery Medium, Bratislava, SK
Perfection, Gallery Medium, Bratislava, SK
The Romance of my Young Days, the Future of my Nostalgia, Central Slovakian Gallery, Banská Bystrica, SK
Open Studio, Karlin Studios, Prague, CZ
Urban Exploration, Open Gallery Bratislava, SK

2009
Rhetoric of Fiction, Site-specific at Cinema HVIEZDA, Banská Bystrica, SK
Exit Ghost, Gallery Valentina Moncada, Rome, IT 
Fantazies of Beginning Documentation, Central Slovakian Gallery Banská Bystrica, SK
BRATISLAVA, Slovak Cultural Institute, Rome , IT
Fantazies of Beginning, Billboard Gallery Europe, Bratislava, SK

2008
Library in Library, Bailey Library, Slippery Rock University, USA 
Videokunst vs künstlerische Dokumentation, KOLONI, Dresden, DE
Exhibition of finalists of Oskar Cepan Award, Gallery Medium, Bratislava, SK
ENDING, One-week international art residency at Hotel Kyjev, Bratislava, SK


2007
International Media Art Biennale WRO 07, Wroclaw, PL
SURVIVAL, Public Art Festival in Wroclaw, PL
BEST WEST, Gallery Entropia, PL
BRIDG:ING, Gallery of Ministry of Culture of Slovak Republic, Bratislava, SK
TACTICS OF RESISTANCE X GLOBAL POLICE ACTION, Exhibition Centre Constantin Brancusi, Chisinau, MD

2006
Tourist Route, Street art project, Nitra, SK
Dangerous sequences, Gallery HIT, Bratislava, SK

Special Projects:

2018: MANIFESTO, site specific art projects in collaboration with Sonia Rykiel Paris for the 5Oth Anniversary of the Fashion House

Paris, London, Tokyo, New York, Seoul, Brussels

Lectures/Talks

2019: Is the Future Boring? - Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Tel Aviv Israel 

2019: Probe 1 / The Story of Slovak (Post)conceptual Art, Prague City Gallery, Czech Republic

2018: Stories, Anglo American University in Prague, CZ

2018: Conference for Artists "Nauč sa v tom plávať", Nová cvernovka Bratislava

2018: Psychogeography of Memory, Visiting Artists series, Prague College, CZ

2016: “Artist as Researcher”, Anglo American University in Prague, CZ

2016: “Artist with an Attitude”, Academy of Fine Arts in Bucharest, RO

2015: City Diary - Piotr Bujas, Ewa Łączyńska-Widz, Katarzyna Trzeciak in conversation with Jaro Varga, BWA Tarnów, PL

2015: artist talk Jaro Varga & Edgar Heap of Birds, The 8th Floor Gallery, New York City, USA

2015: “SK/AT” Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava

2015: “Library – artist book”, Ex Libris Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava

2013: Gyeonggi Creation Center, Ansan, South Korea (artist lecture) 

2012: artist talk – exhibition DELETE, Slovak National Gallery Bratislava

2011: ENTER CARTOGRAPHY, Zentrum fur Kunst und Wissenstransfer, Vienna, AT

 

Publications

 

2015: Who is playing?, ed. Jaro Varga, Exhibition Catalogue, published by MeetFactory in Prague
2015: 15000 Years of Sameness ed. Jaro Varga & Karina Kottova, Exhibition Catalogue, published by MeetFactory in Prague

2015: Jaro Varga: City Diary, artist book, published in collaboration with Imago Mundi Foundation in Krakow, PL

2014: Revolution without Movement, Exhibition Reader, ed. Jaro Varga, Berit Fischer, Dorota Kenderova, published by Tranzit SK, Gallery HIT in Bratislava

2014: Is the future boring?, ed. Jaro Varga & Dorota Kenderova, published by Gallery Hit in Bratislava
2014: Jaro Varga: Untitled, artist book 2015

 

Awards 

 

2017: 1st prize NOVUM Foundation, Slovakia

2015: Award for Art in category Young Artist under 35, Awarded by Tatrabanka Foundation in Slovakia
2012: Slovak winner of Henkel Award 
2010: Finalist of Oskar Cepan Award (Young Visual Artist Award)
2010: Finalist of Start Point, Gask, Czech Republic
2008: Finalist of Oskar Cepan Award (Young Visual Artist Award)

Art Residencies

2019 Artist in Residence, Delfina Foundation London, UK

2015: Artist in Residence, Imago Mundi Fundation, Krakow, PL
2014: Center for Art and Architecture ZK/U, Berlin, DE
2014: Artist in Residence, Central Slovakian Gallery, Banská Bystrica, SK
2013: Center for Art and Architecture ZK/U, Berlin, DE
2013: National Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul, National Art Studio, South Korea 
2013: Triangle Art Association, New York City, USA 
2013: Gyeonggi Creation Center, Ansan, South Korea (artist lecture) 
2012: Visegrad Artist Residency at Gallery Heppen Transfer, Warsaw, PL
2012: Artist in Residence, AIR Krems, AT 
2012: Flow - Festival of conversation for culture and science, Ruse, BG
2011: XEROX - short art residency at Banska Stanica, Banska Stiavnica, SK
2011: ENTER CARTOGRAPHY, Zentrum fur Kunst und Wissenstransfer, Vienna, AT
2010: Art Residency, Gallery Futura, Prague, CZ
2010: Artist in Residence, Museums Quartier 21 Vienna, AT
2010: Flow - Festival of conversation for culture and science, Chisinau, MD
2009: Art Residency, Castel Trebesice, CZ

Selected Curatorial Projects

 

2017: Dreams & Dramas. Law as Literature, NGBK Berlin (co-curated with Agnieszka Kilian)

2017: The Shell Game, MeetFactory Prague, (co-curated with Lucia Gavulova)

2016: Time after Time, MeetFactory Prague (co-curated with Zuzana Jakalova)

2016: Spirit World Rising: Anežka Hošková, Anders Grønlien, Gallery Kostka Prague

2016: The Portent of Light (co-curated with Lucia Tkacova) Gallery MeetFactory Prague

2016: Fightlessness: Little Warsaw, Gallery MeetFactory Prague

2015: Who is playing? Gallery MeetFactory Prague

2015: 15000 Years of Sameness: Dan Perjovschi & Matěj Smetana  (co-curated with Karina Kottova) Gallery MeetFactory, Prague

2014: Revolution without Movement (in collaboration with Berit Fischer and Dorota Kenderova), Galeria HIT & tranzit.sk, Bratislava
2012: On Boredom (with Dorota Kenderova), Tabacka Kulturfabrik, Kosice
2012: The Discovery of Slowness II, (with Dorota Kenderova) tranzit.sk, Bratislava
2011: The Discovery of Slowness I, (with Dorota Kenderova) Tabacka Kulturfabrik, Kosice

Jaro Varga  |   vjaroslav@yahoo.com

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