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Petra Vargova
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Boerum Hill

ARTIST STATEMENT: In my installations, I create unique environments to evoke individual, intimate experiences. I expose my audience to the series of circumstances linked to a particular personal psychological and physical reminiscence of a place, event or feeling. The pieces strongly reflect my interest in and fascination with abstract materials and with natural forces such as air, light/color, temperature, and sound.
My most recent work, Urban Series is a group of installations and drawings that illustrate and document city life. Basic everyday situations, city infrastructure, urban planning, public transport systems, air pollution and urban noises are underlying resources of these works.
Extensive research is an important component of preparing these pieces. To understand viewers' reactions to my work, I continuously investigate the mechanics and limits of human perception. Because I believe in power of simplicity my installations are minimalistic, elusive and often uneasy to capture. I do not limit myself to a specific media.
Petra Vargova

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Selected Solo Shows
2011 Public Space Alterations, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, USA
2007 Sound Flowers, Hunt Kastner Artworks, Prague, Czech Republic
2006 Black & White, 300m3 Art Space, Gothenburg, Sweden
2005 passive_6628, Centre d'art Passerelle, Brest, France
2003 EyeWorks, City Gallery Prague, Old Town Hall, Prague, Czech Republic
2001 Sphere, Jiri Svestka Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

Selected Group Shows
2014 Artist Salon, Trestle Gallery, New York City, USA
2014 Intimate Interactions, Gong Gallery, Ostrava, Czech Republic
2013 Long Island City Open Event, Studio 34, New York City, USA
2010 Game Phenomenon, NTK Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
2010 Body Limits, NTK Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
2009 Something of Myself, Hunt Kastner Artworks, Prague, Czech Republic
2008 Sexflies Go East, Bethanien Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2008 Game Art, Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden
2007 Fresh Work, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, California, USA
2007 Game Art, MejanLabs, Kulturhuset, Bonniers Konsthall and Nacka Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
2003 III.Zlin Salon Of Young Artists, House of Contemporary Arts, Zlin, Czech Republic
2002 Young Flesh, City Gallery Prague, Golden Ring House, Prague, Czech Republic
2002 Lanterna Magika, New Technologies in Czech Art of the 20th Century, Espace EDF Electra, Paris, France
2002 Heroines, Slovak Institute Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
2001 KKH, Anexet, Stockholm, Sweden
2001 Babylon Times, G4 Gallery, Cheb, Czech Republic
2001 II. Zlin Salon of Young Artists, House of Contemporary Arts, Zlin, Czech Republic
2001 Sony’s Heart, Sony Center Berlin, Germany

Selected Festivals
2008 Hack.Fem.East Festival, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
2005 Entermultimadiale 2, Festival of Art and New Technologies, Prague, Czech Republic
2002 transmediale.02, screening section, Berlin, Germany
2002 18th International Short Film Hamburg Festival, Bitfilm section, Hamburg, Germany
2002 Break 21, VI. International Festival of Young Emerging Artists, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2002 Ars Electronica 2002: UNPLUGGED, Screening section, Ars Electronica Center, Linz, Austria

Collections and Commissions
The Contemporary Media Art Practice Commission, Czech National Gallery, European Community Culture Fund and the City of Prague
Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, California, USA
ZKM (Zentrum fur Kunst und Medientechnologie), Karlsruhe, Germany
Private collections worldwide

2009 AiR, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, USA
2007 AiR, Art and Technology Division, Interactive Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
2001 Erasmus Exchange Program, Royal University College of Fine Arts, Stockholm, Sweden

2008 Kala Fellowship Award, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, USA
2004-7 Swedish Institute Scholarship, Art & Technology Program, Chalmers University, Gothenburg, Sweden

2008 Kala Fellowship Award, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, USA
2006 The Additional Grant, Center for Contemporary Arts Prague, Czech Republic
2006 Sleipnir Mobility Grant, NIFCA - Nordic Art Council, Finland
2005 Sleipnir Mobility Grant, NIFCA - Nordic Art Council, Finland
2003 Third Place Gallery Award, Stockholm, Sweden
2002 Mandala Award, Film and Media Forum, Barcelona, Spain
2000 Sony's Heart Award, SONY Berlin, Germany

University Academy of Fine Arts (AVU), Prague, Czech Republic
Fields of study: Conceptual Art, Intermedia Art, New Media Art
2002 MFA
Chalmers University, Gothenburg, Sweden
Fields of study: Arts and Technology
2006 MSc
Royal University College of Fine Arts (Kungliga Konsthögskolan), Stockholm, Sweden
2007 Program for Artists' Professional Development

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