We don’t know that we know

Jaro Varga


For the inaugural Friend of a Friend (FOAF) Prague program, Ivan Gallery has been invited by hunt kastner to co-host a site specific project by the Slovakian artist Jaro Varga (b. 1982 Trebišov).

Visitors are invited to participate in the exhibition, by uncovering text – a sort of manifesto written by the artist concerning the state of the environment – thereby creating a library of unique publications. Drawings on the exhibition space windows reflect the artist’s attempt to visualize his very first memories of nature from childhood. The exhibition is accompanied by a text written the psychoanalyst John Dodd, author of the book Psychoanalysis and the Ecology at the Edge of Chaos: Complexity Theory, Delueze | Guattari, and Psychoanalysis for a Climate in Crisis, which was one of the inspirations and a starting point for the project.

In his practice, Jaro Varga conditions the choreography of the visitor’s movement in a well-known space, or else he initiates the visitor’s translocation into unknown circumstances through fiction. He tries to construct new topographies and he wants to engage the visitor in a different understanding of the contexts relating to spaces otherwise stereotypically fixed in our memory.

He is fascinated by how until recently our knowledge of the universe has been expressed through writing – speculations, theories or theorems without a solid foundation in exact science and research. The subject of the universe and its exploration would seem to be a logical continuation of his interest in the principles of how the sum of our knowledge is created, including the continued failure or inability to discover how things “really are.”

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Jaro Varga, "We don't know that we know", exhibition view, Hunt Kastner, projekt_room, Prague, photo credits: Michal Czanderle, Courtesy of the artist, Hunt Kastner Prague and Ivan Gallery Bucharest
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