Jaret Vadera explores how different technologies shape and control the ways that we see the world around and within us. Vadera uses collage, photography, video, sculpture, and installation as a means to examine the ways that power, technology, and ideology intersect in images. Vadera's practice is influenced by science fiction, rorschach tests, and 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 cultural 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 Brooklyn, New York.
FIG. 156. – Method of Removing a Foreign Body from the Cornea (Surgeon Standing in Front of the Patient), from the Diseases of the Eye series, photocopy and US penny, 2015
In the Diseases of the Eye series, medical illustrations from the early 1890s are redeployed to explore the relationships between desire and disease; between the enlightenment and violence.
No Country, 2014, from the Pangea series, black marker on world map, 30" x 20"
In the Pangea series, Vadera examines the relationships between mapping, power, and violence. Other works in the series reimagine Pangea as a speculative space. A borderless dimension populated by mythical emperors, chronomads, and sleepwalkers.
Diane Wong, Elizabeth Davis, Tamara Harkness, Chaeyeon Park, Sarah Piché.