Artist Valentina Karga was born in Chalkidiki, a peninsula in northern Greece. She lives in Berlin and is a professor at the Hochschule für bildende Künste in Hamburg. Currently she is working on challenging the notion of “self” by proposing non-anthropocentric future narratives. A large part of her projects encourage engagement and participation, facilitate practices of commoning and are concerned with sustainability. She works across different media, often inviting the public or a community to literally complete the work. Sometimes, through dialogue and building prototypes in a DIY manner, they end up imagining alternatives for infrastructures and institutions that structure our reality. This is what she calls ‘Art as Simulation’. She is a founding member of Collective Disaster, an interdisciplinary group that works in the interstices of architecture and the social realm.
An architecture graduate, she has been a fellow at the Berlin Centre for Advanced Studies in Arts and Science/Graduate school, University of the Arts Berlin, a Saari Fellow in Finland, an NTU-CCA resident in Singapore and she was awarded the Vilém Flusser Residency for Artistic Research. Among other things, 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, the Kiasma museum, Konsthall C, Hippolyte Gallery in Helsinki and a major exhibition curated by Whitechapel Gallery.