Portrait with a rocket stove @ Saari residency
Valentina Karga, born in Chalkidiki, Greece, is a Berlin-based artist, architect and a professor at HFBK Hamburg. Valentina’s projects encourage engagement and participation, facilitate practices of commoning and are concerned with sustainability. Working across media, often inviting the public to collaborate, her work lays between conceptual art, design and socially engaged practice. She is a founding member of Collective Disaster, an interdisciplinary group that works with architecture and the social realm. She has been a fellow at the Graduate school, University of the Arts Berlin, a Saari Resident in Finland, and NTU-CCA resident in Singapore and she has been awarded the Vilém Flusser Residency for Artistic Research. Among others, her work has been shown at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens, the transmediale festival, the Athens Biennial, the 1st Thailand Biennial, the Moscow Biennial for Young Arts and a major exhibition curated by Whitechapel Gallery.
For this short residency, I will be focusing on my upcoming solo show in Hippolyte Gallery in Helsinki. Its title is ‘Banana Mummy’ and it is about the life and death of banana subjects that I have been trying to mummify. It is an interdisciplinary show bringing together sculpture, choreography, photography and animation.