2021 Masque

Archives of Becoming: Justine Varga’s Masque – Kirsty Baker

I am a disquieted archive… A thing made up of infinite, intractable traces. (i)

– Julietta Singh

Hand-scratched with looping scrawls of drawn line, smeared by painterly gesture, flecked with negative … Continued

Selected Works

2019 Defining Place/Space: Contemporary Photography from Australia, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego

2019 Areola


The Fragile Border

 … the fragile border … where identities (subject/object, etc) do not exist or only barely so – double, fuzzy, heterogeneous, animal, metamorphosed, altered, abject.[i]                             –   Julia Kristeva

Convention leads us to believe that the photographic … Continued

2018 Fusuma

Justine Varga on Fusuma

The panels that comprise Fusuma derive from a single cameraless exposure of a 10 x 8 inch negative. This exposure was made while I was resident in London. It was there that I was briefed about … Continued

2018 From Will to Form, TarraWarra Biennial

2013 6 Months, 2 Weeks

2017 Photogenic Drawing

Justine Varga on Maternal Line

What is the transaction that takes place when a photographic portrait is made? This question is key to understanding Maternal Line, a photograph I made earlier this year and submitted to the Olive Cotton … Continued

2016 Silver and Salt, Hazelhurst Gallery

2016 Memoire


Made without a camera and over extended periods, my photographs embody a particular intersection of time and place, offering an autobiographical witnessing of the world, a memoire, rather than mere acts of representation. These photographs come into being as … Continued