End of Violet


Two Rooms • 8 June - 13 July

11am–5pm Tues to Fri & 11am–3pm Sat
16 Putiki Street, Grey Lynn
Justine Varga
Justine Varga’s cameraless photographs are made over long periods – sometimes years. Rather than documenting the details of the recognisable world, these images explore the chemistry, physics, history and phenomenology of photography itself. The electrifying, colour-saturated works in End of Violet bring to mind the aesthetics of expressionist painting and drawing, and although they are abstract, they can be understood as self-portraits – to make them Varga exposed the negatives to light by carrying them around in her palm, painted them with different substances, including nail polish and saliva, and then worked on them in the darkroom to produce these captivating photographs.

Justine Varga End of Violet (93Y5M10C), 2022 chromogenic photograph

End of Violet (93Y5M10C) - 2022 chromogenic photograph, Justine Varga

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