Artist Talk: Jaret Vadera - February 10, 2020
Monday, February 10th, 2020
12:30–1:30pm EV 3.655
Jaret Vadera explores how different technologies shape and control the ways that we see the world around and within us. For the past 20 years, Vadera has been using collage, photography, video, sculpture, and installation as a means to examine the ways that power, technology, and ideology intersect in images. Working across media, Vadera reconfigures and reimagines representational modes that commonly serve as proof, document or evidence. Photographs, maps, infographics, and x-rays are hacked and redeployed to decolonize ways of seeing embedded within Enlightenment rationalism, and to open up other spaces. Vadera's practice is influenced by cognitive science, post/de-colonial theory, science fiction, Buddhist philosophy, and the study of impossible objects. Vadera's work has been exhibited and screened at the: Queens Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Asia Society Museum, and Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center in New York; Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Mumbai; Maraya Art Centre in Sharjah; and the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto. In parallel, Vadera has worked as a curator, programmer, and writer on projects that focus on art as a catalyst for social change. Vadera completed his undergraduate education at the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto and the Cooper Union School of Art in New York. He received his MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University. Jaret Vadera lives and works between Canada, the US, and India. Vadera is currently based in New York.