Jaro Varga

He explores the phenomenon of experience as a performance by rethinking the usual forms of its representation.

Jaro Varga creates a new choreography of viewer‘ s movement in a familiar location. This creates a quasi guidebooks for urban explorers (Urbex), through which he constructs a new topography to encourage to a new understanding of the site, which is otherwise stereotypically fixed in memory. Thus the images of the past or imaginary microconflicts retrieve in parallel worlds of the city, again to play in real time and space. His work is analytical and it is characterized by the use of the methodology of research; often statistical and cartographic aesthetics or photos, videos and installations. It relates to a new urban geography / neo-geography and moves from sociology to psycho-geography methods of urban exploration.

Jaro Varga studied at Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava, ASP Wroclaw, ABK Vienna and Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. In 2008 and 2010 he was a finalist of Oskar Cepan Award (Young Visual Artist Award). He exhibited his works at Contemporary Museum in Wroclaw, Poland (2015), MeetFactory in Prague, Czech Republic (2014), Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, South Korea (2013), Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien in Berlin, Germany (2013), Prague Biennale in Czech Republic (2013), Center for Art and Urbanism in Berlin, Germany (2013), Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava, Slovakia (2012), Grazer Kunstverein, Austria (2011), Secession Vienna, Austria (2010), National Gallery in Prague, Czech Republic (2010) and others.

He lives and works in Prague.

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City Diary – Jaro Varga

“City Diary” is a long-term ongoing research project based on observation of cities (Berlin, Seoul, New York, Krakow, Tarnow, Warsaw). It can be perceived as a game.

Curators Kaśka Maniak, Agnieszka Kilian

Because it is there

We are going to examine the actual vector of the question posed to Mallory as well as the core meaning of his answer: because it is there.

Curator Agnieszka Kilian
Cooperation Jaro Varga

(…) Behind Togetherness

Reading collectivity is a complex process – we feel an itch to have a look at lines that follow, at words that have not been said or gestures that have not been made, to see what is behind the thick wall of the term “collectively”.

Curator Agnieszka Kilian


Repose is a need of suspension, but also of a non-obvious relation between work and a break.

Curator Agnieszka Kilian

Because It Is There

Because it is there.

Curator Agnieszka Kilian
Cooperation Jaro Varga