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BORN 1976 in Toronto, Canada

Jaret Vadera is an interdisciplinary artist and cultural producer whose work explores how different social, technological, and cognitive processes shape and control the ways that we see the world around and within us. Vadera deconstructs images commonly associated with proof, and then reconfigures them in new ways. Slowing down passive consumption and revealling underlying ideological biases hidden in plain sight. Infographics, x-rays, and world maps are often reimagined as Rorsharch tests, conundrums, and impossible objects, while simultaneously attempting to locate other spaces and ambivalent in-betweens.

Vadera's practice is influenced by cognitive science, post/de-colonial theory, science fiction, and Buddhist philosophy.

Vadera’s paintings, prints, photographs, videos, and installations have been exhibited and screened at: the Queens Museum in New York; the Museum of Modern Art in New York; Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Mumbai; A Space Gallery in Toronto; Paved Art + New Media in Saskatoon; Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art in Newark; and the Maraya Art Centre in Sharjah.

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 Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University. He teaches courses on art, culture, and social practice at number of universities including: Pratt Institute; the Yale School of Art; Brooklyn College; and Montclair State University.

Jaret Vadera lives and works between New York, Toronto, and India. Vadera is currently based in Brooklyn, New York and is the Project For Empty Space Artist-Researcher in Residence in Newark, New Jersey.


EDUCATION

MFA, Yale University School of Art, Painting and Printmaking, 2009, New Haven, CT, US

Cooper Union School of Art, Fine Art Mobility Program, 1999, New York, NY, US

Ontario College of Art and Design University, AOCAD in Fine Art, 1999, Toronto, ON, CA

 

EXHIBITIONS & SCREENINGS

2016
CTRL+ALT: Imagined Futures
Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, New York, US
Curators: Adriel Luis, Lawrence Bui-Davis and Kālewa Correa

Filipino American Museum, New York, US
Dystansia
Curator: Edwin Ramoran

FILE: Electronic Language International Festival, Sao Paulo, BR
FILE Video Art 2016
Curator: Fernanda Albuquerque de Almeida

A Space Gallery, Toronto, CA
Bayan
Curator: Vicky Moufawad-Paul

5 Andersen / Residency Unlimited, New Rochelle, US
Beneath Our Feet on and the Surface of Things
Curator: Livia Alexander

2015
Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah, AE
Accented
Curator: Murtaza Vali

August Fröhls, Mönchengladbach, DE
Object Manipulating Economy / Economy Manipulating Object
Curators: Aman Sandhu & Swapnaa Tamhane

False Alternatives
Gallery Veda / Hyatt, Chennai, IN
Curator: Meenakshi Thirukode

Drexel University, Philadelphia, US
12Gates Video Art Fest
Curators: Ayza Akhtar, Sonali Gulati,
Bakirathi Mani, Sa'dia Rehman, and Atif F. Sheikh

2014
Museum of Modern Art, New York, US
Reading List: Artists’ Selections from the MoMA Library Collection
Curators: Lori Salmon and Rachael Morrison

Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai, IN
Video Art Series
Curator: Gayatri Sinha / Critical Collective

William Patterson University Gallery, Wayne, US
Doublebind
Curator: Kristen Evangelista

Bronx River Art Center, Bronx, US
Know Who You Are At Every Age
Curators: Q_RAIDER and BDGRMMR

Sunaparanta Goa Center for Arts, Panjim, IN
Translucent Video Art Festival
Curator: Kanchi Mehta

2013
Museum of Modern Art, New York, US
Abstract Currents: An Interactive Video Event
Organizers: PopRally

FD ZONE | Films Division of India, Mumbai, IN
100 Years of Experimentation: A Retrospective of Indian Cinema and Video
Curators: Ashish Avikunthak & Mortimer Chatterjee

WAA, Mumbai, IN
Translucent Video Art Festival
Curator: Kanchi Mehta

The Gateway II, Newark, US
Etiquette For Lucid Dreaming
Curators: Meenakshi Thirukode, Jasmine Wahi, and Rebecca Jampol  

2012
Solo Exhibition
Bose Pacia Gallery, New York, US
Transparent Studio - Artist-In-Residence

Local Project, New York, US
DysTorpia
Curators: Gabriel Roldós & Arlan Londoño

Outpost, New York, US
DysTorpia
Curators: Gabriel Roldós & Arlan Londoño

2011
EFA Project Space, New York, US
Prolonged Engagements
Curator: Erin Sickler

First Canadian Place Gallery, Toronto, CA
50 Years of Art: Looking Back at the Future
Curator: Jennifer Rudder

2010
Project 88, Mumbai, IN
Form and Phenomenon
Curator: Heidi Fichtner

Tilton Gallery, New York, US
Else
Curators: Derrick Adams and Jack Tilton

Aicon Gallery, New York, US
Malleable Memory
Curator: Nitin Mukul

Religare Arts, New Delhi, IN
Ballard Estate
Curator: Gitanjali Dang

2009
Thomas Erben Gallery, New York, US
Back, Forth and Round About
Curator: Thomas Erben

P.P.O.W Gallery, New York, US
Young Curators, New Ideas II
Curator: Megha Ralapati

Triple Candie, New York, US
Eye World
Curators: Emily Cheng and Michelle Loh

Thomas Erben / Seven Art / Travancore Palace, New Delhi, IN
Moment as Monument
Curators: Thomas Erben and Aparajita Jain

2008
Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, US
Exploding the Lotus
Curators: Jaishri Abichandani and Jane Hart

2007
Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, US
Emerge 8
Curator: Rocio Aranda-Alvarado

New York Arab and South Asian Film Festival, New York, US
Transfixed: Experimental Video Program
Curator: Yamini Nayar

2006
Queens Museum of Art, New York, US
Everything All at Once - Queens International
Curators: Jaishri Abichandani and Herb Tam

2005
Solo Exhibition
Paved Art + New Media, Saskatoon, CA
It’s not an easy thing to meet the maker…
Curator: Timothy Dallett

Solo Exhibition
Department of Canadian Heritage, Toronto, CA
Archive
Curator: Jennifer Rudder

White Box, New York, US
Night Shift

Queens Museum of Art, New York, US
Fatal Love - South Asian American Art Now
Curators: Jaishri Abichandani and Prerana Reddy

2004
South Asian Visual Arts Centre / Gallery 401 / CONTACT Photography Festival, Toronto, CA
Interscapes
Curators: Farheen HaQ and Cyrus Irani

PH Gallery, New York, US
Re:Construct
Curator: Tomoko Ashikawa

chezTGN, New York, US
Miraculous: Contemporary Exvotos Paintings
Curator: Trong G. Nguyen

2003
Centre de Diffusion en Art Subversif, Montreal, CA
Archive

A.W.O.L. Gallery, Toronto, CA
Whole

Yeditepe University, Istanbul, TR
International Symposium of Interactive Media Design

2002
Solo Exhibition
Cultural Foundation of Corsica, Ajaccio, FR
Erosion
Curator: Hervé Lalli

Two-Person Show
Kabat Wrobel Gallery, Toronto, CA
Light

SOF Art House, Toronto, CA
Stir

2001
Solo Exhibition
A.W.O.L. Gallery, Toronto, CA
Standard

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

Artist Jaret Vadera On Creativity & Inspiration, Interview with PLASTIC, OBEAHH, June 27, 2016

Interview with Jaret Vadera, Charu Maithani, Proprioception, March 2016

New Poetics of Translation: An Interview with Jaret Vadera, Carla K. Stewart,
Breach Magazine – Issue 1: Decolonial Aesthetics, June 2015

ACCENTED, Catalog, Maraya Art Centre, 2015

Exhibition Review, Accented, Kareem Estefan, IBRAAZ, July 2015

Decoding Images
, Hema Vijay, Deccan Herald, November 30, 2014

Of Butterflies, Dead Pixels, and Other Ideas, The New Indian Express, October 18, 2014
Art in the Context of Larger Ideas, The New Indian Express, October 20, 2014

Future Greats 2014, Naeem Mohaiemen, ArtReview Asia, Autumn & Winter Issue, 2014

Feeling the Doublebind, Deborah Frizzell, Depart Magazine, Issue 17, 2014

Profile / Interview, Shiba Kurian, Deccan Chronicle, September 8, 2014

DOUBLEBIND / Catalog, Kristen Evangelista, William Patterson University, University Galleries, 2014

Mapping Images, Swapnaa Tamhane, artVarta, Issue 1. 2013: 54-57

Transparent Studio: Interview with Jaret Vadera, Anita Sharma, Bose Archives, January 14, 2012

Blockgame, Zeenat Nagree, Time Out Mumbai, December 10–23, 2010

ELSE at Tilton Gallery, Diana McClure, DaWire, October 18, 2010

Art Review: Else, Holland Cotter, New York Times, September 24, 2010

Public art in Mumbai: Talking Civic Sense, Gitanjali Dang, CNN Go, May 27, 2010

/Younger Than Jesus / Artist Directory, The New Museum, NY. Phaidon Press, 2009

Review: Young Curators, New Ideas II, Kim Levin, ARTnews, October 2009

Young Curators, New Ideas II, Joseph Wolin, Time Out NY, Aug 20-26, 2009

Once In A Blue Moon, Zehra Jumabhoy, Art India - August 2009

Young Curators on the Art of New Ideas, Teri Duerr, NY Art Beat, August 2009

Diaspora Art, Sharmistha Ray, MW Magazine India, August, 2009

Beyond Boundaries, Ekatmata Sharma, The Pioneer, Tuesday August 25, 2009

Azaad Art, Ishita Sharma, Midday, August 17, 2009

Back, Forth and Round About, David Rothenberg, Evil Monito Magazine, March 2009

Art + Culture: Jaret Vadera, Diana McClure, CultureServe.net, September 2008

Queens International, Kate Lowenstein, Time Out New York, January 2007

Everything All at Once / Catalog, Queens Biennial Vol. 3, Queens Museum of Art, 2006

Fatal Love - South Asian American Art Today / Catalog, Queens Museum of Art, 2006

Fatal Love, Priya Malhotra, Asian Art News Magazine, November / December 2005

In-Between, Splotches - Visual Pulse 014, February 2005

After a Glimpse Over the Top, Delve Magazine - volume 02, issue 06, January 2004

60 Second Interview: Jaret Vadera, Olly Farshi, Defunktion.net, November 2003

Metro Morning, Interview with Natasha Ramsahai, CBC Radio Toronto, July 11, 2003

Journal TV, Interview w/ Marie Francoise Stefani, FR3 Mediteranee, August 2, 2002

Un artist en vogue, Emmanuelle Peretti, CORSE-MATIN, July 27, 2002

Visual Voice, Interview with Christine Hirtescu, CIUT 89.5 fm, July 4, 2002

Rising Sun, Robert McNeil, Dojo Magazine, June 2002

After a Glimpse Over the Top, Wegway Magazine, April 2002

Jaret Vadera, MyBindi.com, February 2002

Media to Medium, Interview with Lydia Workman, CIUT 89.5 fm, December 13, 2001

Artists draw on spiritual side, Andrea Raymond, North York Mirror, June 11, 2001

Artists bring distinct style-, Olga Herrmann, The Scarborough Mirror, Jan 19, 2001

Contemporary Art 2001, Andrea Raymond, Surface and Symbol, December 2000

Contemporary Art 2000, Andrea Raymond, Surface and Symbol, December 1999

 

AWARDS AND HONOURS

2016
PES Artist-Researcher in Residence, Gateway Project Spaces, Newark, US

2014
Artist Research Fellowship, DakshinaChitra, Chennai, IN

2013-14
Keyholder Residency
Lower East Side Printshop, New York, US

2013
The Balcão Residency, Goa, IN

Canada Council for the Arts, Visual Arts Section, Travel Grant, Ottawa, CA

2012
Transparent Studio Residency, Bose Pacia, New York, US

2009
Alice Kimball English Fellowship, Yale University, New Haven, US

2006
Emerge 8 Fellowship - Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, US

2002
Toronto Arts Council Artist Grant, Toronto, CA

Kathryn Minard Mixed Media Award, Toronto, CA

2001
Tyndale Award, Toronto, CA
Latcham Gallery Award, Toronto, CA

1999
Aboveground Drawing and Painting Award, OCAD University, Toronto, CA

 

RELATED EXPERIENCE

2017
Critic ­
MFA Photography
Yale University, New Haven, CT, US
• ART 827 Art, Ethics, and Critical Race Theory

Visiting Instructor
Art and Design Education
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, US
• ADE 604: Contemporary Issues in Social Practice

Adjunct Faculty
MFA Studio
Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, US
• ARST503: Independent Studio

2016
Visiting Instructor
Social Science and Cultural Studies Department
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, US
• SS-512: Art, Culture, and Community Development

Summer Institute Faculty
Asian American Studies
CUNY BMCC, New York, NY, US
• Cultural Production and Transnational / Diasporic Frameworks

Adjunct Faculty ­and Guest Critic
Art History Department and MFA Studio
Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, US
• ARHT 601: Selected Problems in Art History: Contemporary Art & Ideas
• ARHT 590: Modern Philosophies of Art I: Art and Ideas

Lecturer
Fine Arts Department
York College, Queens, NY, US
• FA104: Introduction to Fine Arts
• FA284: Computer Graphics I

Lecturer
Studio Art Department ­
Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY, US
• ARTD 2811: Introduction to Digital Art

Panelist
Imagined Futures, Nerds of Color Salon,
Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, New York, NY, US

Artist Talk / Panel Discussion
BAYAN
A-Space Gallery,Toronto, ON, CA

Guest Lecturer
Artist-Research, Advanced Research Seminar: Visual Culture
The New School, New York, NY, US

Reading
I Don’t Need Your Heros,
Soapbox Responses, High Line Art, New York, US

2015
Co-Presenter
Legibility
Dictionary of the Possible Series
Discussion led by Yamini Nayar and Jaret Vadera
Shifter Magazine, The New School, NY, US

Adjunct Faculty
Art History Department­
Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, US
• ARHT 601.01: Selected Problems in Art History: Contemporary Art & Ideas
• ARHT 601.81: Graduate Independent Study

Lecturer
Studio Art Department ­
Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY, US
• ARTD 2811: Introduction to Digital Art

Presenter
Reading Rizal: What Tomorrow Brings
Filipino American Museum and Bowery Poetry Club

Presenter and Panelist
Knowledge maketh a bloody entrance: An Intersection of Visual Art and Literature
Maia Cruz Palileo, Rico J. Reyes, Jaret Vadera and Aldrin Valdez moderated by Edwin Ramoran
Filipino American Museum and Fordam University

Artist Talk + Studio Visits
Art Forum Lecture Series
Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, US

Guest Artist Critic
Final Reviews: Issues of Representation
Ontario College of Art and Design University, Toronto, ON, CA

Visiting Artist Critic
MFA Studio Art Graduate Final Reviews
Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY, US

Programmer
Derrick Adams: THE HOLDOUT
Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ, US

Programmer
Michael Paul Britto: Something In The Way of Things
Aljira, Center for Contemporary Art, NJ, US

2014
Artist Talk and Discussion
On Butterflies, Dead Pixels, and Other Spaces
Research and Discussion Lecture Series
Discussion led by Meenakshi Thirukode and Mathangi Krishnamurthy
Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, IN

Panelist
Flatland: This World / Other Worlds
Masum Momaya, Sadanand Menon, and Jaret Vadera moderated by Meenakshi Thirukode
Asian College of Journalism, DakshinaChitra Museum, and the U.S. Consulate, Chennai, IN

Visiting Artist Critic
Campus Art Dubai 3.0, Dubai, UAE

Artist Talk / Panel Discussion / Symposium
A Community Exchange: The Socially Engaged Artist and the Public Imagination
Rick Lowe, May Joseph, and Jaret Vadera moderated by Shane Aslan Selzer
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, US

Artist Talk / Panel Discussion
Perspectives on Art and Resistance
Jaishri Abichandani, Naeem Mohaiemen, Yamini Nayar, Jaret Vadera, and Gary Tartakov
Moderated by Balamurti Natrajan
William Patterson University, Wayne, NJ, US 

Co-Curator
Dream and Reality
New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ, US

Programmer
Windows on Market Projects
Aljira, Center for Contemporary Art, NJ, US

Programmer
I put this moment here...
Aljira, Center for Contemporary Art, NJ, US

2013
Curator / Programmer
Experimental Video / Art Program
1-1=1
Alwan Film Festival, New York, NY, US

Panelist
1-1=1
Mariam Ghani, Haig Aivazian, and Jaret Vadera facilitated by Naeem Mohaiemen
Alwan Film Festival, New York, NY, US

Artist Talk / Q & A
100 Years of Experimentation: A Retrospective of Indian Cinema and Video
FD ZONE | Films Division of India, Mumbai, IN

2010
Panelist / Artist Talk
Malleable Memory moderated by Margot Bourman, AICON Gallery, New York, US

2009
Co-Curator
Shifting Shapes - Unstable Signs
Yale University School of Art Gallery, New Haven, CT, US

Moderator / Panel Organizer
Art, Social Structures, and Cosmopolitan Contexts
Panelists: Jaishri Abichandani, Murtaza Vali, and Brendan Fernandes
Yale University School of Art Gallery, New Haven,CT, US

Organizer
Artist Talk: Jaishri Abichandani
Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT, US

Teaching Assistant
Silkscreen Printing / Art 355b
Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT, US

2008
Artist Talk
Exploding the Lotus, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, FL, US

Printmaking Studio Monitor
Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT, US

2006
Artist Talk
Its not an easy thing to meet the maker...
Paved Art and New Media, Saskatoon, SK, CA

Curator
Ghosts and Machines Exhibition
Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY, US

2004-7
Manager of Exhibitions and Design
Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY, US

2000-2
Communications Specialist / Project Manager
Community Arts Ontario / artsONline, Toronto, ON, CA

1999-2003
Freelance Arts Writer
Surface and Symbol, Toronto, ON, CA

1999-2000
Drawing and Painting Instructor
Cedar Ridge Creative Centre, Toronto, ON, CA

1997
Art Instructor
Regent Park - Youth Centre, Toronto, ON, CA