from the Pangea series, Digital C Print
A Flag for No Country, 2014
from the Pangeaseries, flag
5' 9 3/4” x 3' 5 1/2"
No Country, 2014
from the Pangea series, Black marker on world map
20” x 30”
Jaret Vadera is a transdisciplinary artist whose work examines how images colonize the ways that we see the worlds around and within us. Vadera hacks different visual systems, and rewires them to rupture, and open up parallel ways of seeing. His work is influenced by decolonial theory, science fiction, and the study of impossible objects.Vadera's prints, collages, sculptures, videos, and installations have been exhibited and screened internationally at venues such as the: Queens Museum, MoMA, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Asia Society Museum in New York; Aga Khan Museum in Toronto;Maraya Art Centre in Sharjah; and BhauDaji Lad Museum in Mumbai. Vadera received his MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University. He is currently an Assistant Professor of the Practice in New Media, in the Architecture, Art, and Planning School at Cornell University in Ithaca, and will begin as an Assistant Professor in Intersectional, Feminist and Decolonial 2D and 4D Image-Making Practices in the Studio Arts Department at Concordia University in Montreal in fall 2021. Jaret Vadera lives and works between Canada, the US, and India; and is currently based in Brooklyn, NY.
About the Work
The Pangea series is a speculative series of propositions, both real and imagined, that explore the relationships between mapping, borders, migration, and power. In Flag for No Country, all of the colors on all of the national flags were combined to create a single-color flag. The flag dimensions are the same as the calculated surface area of the outside of the artist’s body.