56th Venice Biennale, The Fall Of The Rebel Angels, Catalogue

Vanja Karas at the 56th Venice Biennale // All the World’s Futures with

‘An Experimental Journey Undertaken Involuntarily’ Sculpture installation

Vanja Karas 56th Venice Biennale / 56 La Biennale di Venecia




Vanja Karas © 56th Venice Biennale, An Experimental Journey Undertaken Involuntarily III

Vanja Karas © 56th Venice Biennale, Installation ‘An Experimental Journey Undertaken Involuntarily III’ sculpture installation

 “Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again.” André Gide

About An Experimental Journey Undertaken Involuntarily’ Sculpture installation

Vanja Karas, 56th Venice Biennale. The Fall of the Rebel Angels. Catalogue

The Fall of the Rebel Angels Exhibition Catalogue

The disquiet debris and decay of history seems to be piling up and it is no secret that the world around us is deeply flawed. Surrounded by injustice, wounds, divisions, inequalities and great uncertainties as to what the future might bring to mankind we wonder if there is a chance of salvation. To look ahead and seek answers for the future, we need to look back. And looking back, the passage of time, despite historical changes, appears to be cyclical rather than linear. For one reason or another the times have always been flawed. And despite ongoing change and transience, history appears to be very much an eternal recurrence. The flaws of history seem to correlate directly to the flaws of mankind and the unchanging essence of human nature. Stuck in our ways, we seem to drift, caught up in the storm between continual change and repetitive patterns of history. This storm is what we seem to call progress. My work borrows simple objects, antique books and images from history, memory and my immediate surroundings in an attempt to examine through different contexts fragments of unexpected consequences while depicting the cyclical nature of something that is forever different but ultimately always the same, manifesting itself in human form.

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‘An Experimental Journey Undertaken Involuntarily I’ © Vanja Karas 56th Venice Biennale

‘An Experimental Journey Undertaken Involuntarily I’ sculpture installation and limited edition prints © Vanja Karas 56th Venice Biennale

‘An Experimental Journey Undertaken Involuntarily II’ © Vanja Karas 56th Venice Biennale

‘An Experimental Journey Undertaken Involuntarily II’ sculpture installation and limited edition prints © Vanja Karas 56th Venice Biennale


The Fall Of The Rebel Angels
Curated by Vanya Balogh
Vernissage: 6-10pm  6th 7th 8th May 2015
Finissage  // 6-10pm 24th June 2015
Exhibition Runs  // 9th May – 23rd June 2015 // open daily from 12pm ~ 7pm
Address: Castello 1610/A, Riva Dei Sette Martiri, Venezia 30122


Exhibiting artists include: Gavin Turk, Franko Black, Martin Sexton, Cederic Christie, Darren Coffield, Hugo Von Hugo, Michael Petry, Mark Woods, Glen Fitzy Fitzpatrick, Sarah Sparks, Birgitta Hosea.

Three of of my installations will be exhibited at Office Sessions IV during July and August 2015. Opening 28th July. Sculpture installation ‘Who Killed the Goose’ by Vanja Karas ‘Progress, this great heresy of decay.’ Charles Baudelaire.

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‘The Garden of Decay’ limited edition archival prints by Vanja Karas. Vanja-Karas-© IMG_4542Office Sessions 4, Beak Street, Curated by Caitlin Mavroleon

Delighted that my Tokyo Geisha have found a permanent home at the beautiful new premises of Japanese style fashion label KOKORO in Connaught Street, London, W2 In addition several artworks from the collection have been acquired by a US collector and will be travelling to the US soon. Photos from installation in progress, more visuals of the full installation coming soon.

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Exhibiting With Art Society Soho At Art Car Boot Fair, Brick Lane, London

Latest edition of ‘Peepers Digest’ prints by Vanja Karas sold out, as part of the Art Society Soho dirty mag stand installation at Art Society Soho, Brick Lane Car Boot Art Fair. Photo © Vanja Karas all copyright reserved. Performance by Amy Elizabeth Kingsmill.



My sculpture installation ‘Who Killed the Goose’ has been selected for DEN-City1 curated by Rebecca Feiner. DEN-City1 is a unique temporary utopian city of installations part of the London Festival of Architecture. No 2 on Time Out list of things to do this weekend in London. Don’t miss it! Forman’s Fish Island Riviera, across the canal overlooking the London Olympic Stadium. H.Forman & Son, Stour Road, E3 2NT LondonVanja Karas © IMG_1879

Very happy that some of my recently exhibited work at House of Illustration has been sold at a silent auction in aid of the recent Nepalese earthquake. It was a delight not only to be able to donate to such a worthy cause as I feel Nepal close to my heart, but also the charity itself from it’s inception, Kathmandu Contemporary Arts Centre. It was also a great privilege to exhibit my work alongside artists such as Anthony Gormley and Richard Long. The exhibition and fundraising was organised by Kathmandu Contemporary Arts Centre and its founder Celia Washington.



Vanja Karas Exhibiting At 56th Venice Biennale

So thrilled that my installation ‘An experimental journey, undertaken involuntarily’ will be showing at this year’s 56th Venice Biennale as part of the international contemporary art exhibition ‘The Fall of the Rebel Angels’, curated by Vanya Balogh. Other mixed media installations include sculpture, print, fine art, photography, performance, projections, video and sound. Don’t miss the opportunity to come and see this outstanding exhibition and party with us in Venice.
Vernissage on 6th, 7th, 8th May 6-10pm
Exhibition runs 9th May – 23rd June 2015
Castello 1610/A, Riva Delle Sette Martiri, Venice 30122
ALL THE WORLDS FUTURES 56th Venice Biennale
‘An experimental journey, undertaken involuntarily’ © Vanja Karas
(Sculpture installation and archival print )
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Vanja Karas, The Fall of the Rebel Angel' 56th Venice Biennale

Other exhibiting artists include: Gavin Turk, Franko Black, Darren Coffield, Lorenzo Belenguer, Cedric Christie, Alice Herrick, Ot Lylie, Thomas J Ridley, Martin Sexton, Julia Maddison, Joanna McCormick, Pascal Rousson, Jim Racine, Steve Perfect, Jude Cowan Montague, Glenn Fitzy Fitzpatrick…



About ‘Encounters with God. The presence or lack thereof…’
by Vanja Karas

Spirituality as a term these days, even amongst some atheists, is used as a way of stepping beyond religious divides, organised religion and its institutions, as a feeling that there must be something else be it ‘God’ or some sort of ‘other’. Instead of sticking to rigid doctrines and conforming to strict expectations and demands of organised religion, spirituality becomes about personal experience of a higher reality, morals or dimension to life allowing one to borrow from different faiths creating and formulating own meanings and interpretations of what ‘God’ or ‘other’ might be. This work explores most recognisable visual system of symbols used by Christianity through the crucifixion of Christ and theories of atonement and reconciliation (as sacrifice, forgiveness and moral example) in search of a higher meaning, alongside the invisible rays of the spiritual ‘other’ whatever it may be…

From the press
The exhibition has been making the waves in both British and Indian press. According to Huffington Post some of London’s best contemporary art was selected for this exhibition in India. In India, the interpretations of the theme ‘GOD’ and the selection of international artists, captured lots of attention and lots of press coverage too. Very flattered that my work was selected as one of the highlights of the exhibition, below.


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A collectors edition retrospective selection from from PHOTOGRAPHY OPEN SALON // TRANSIENCE and AN EYE FOR AN EAR CURATED BY VANJA KARAS shown as a unique installation of prints / lenticular pieces / stereoscopic installations / site specific installations / photo sculptures / projections as part of OFFICE SESSIONS III

Installation shots to follow soon in the meantime you can see them on http://www.photographyopensalon.com/

Also alongside exhibited ENSō – THE LIGHTNESS OF IMPERMANENCE
Office Sessions III Curated by Caitlin Mavroleon


Works from the series ENSō – THE LIGHTNESS OF IMPERMANENCE and

TOKYO GEISHA, MASKS OF SEDUCTION selected to be exhibited in ART FOR YOUTH 27th Annual Art Exhibition

exhibition and auction at the ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART, Kensington, 15th and 16th OCT 2014.


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In Conversation With Mary Ellen Mark – World Photography Awards May 2014 Somerset House

World Photography Awards 2014 honouring Mary Ellen Mark with Outstanding Contribution to Photography Award and Mary Ellen Mark book signing at Somerset House. May 2014 © Vanja Karas

Le Jeune Homme Et La Mort – The Young Man And Death, Kings Of The Dance At London Coliseum

A recent shoot of at LONDON COLISEUM, LE JEUNE HOMME ET LA MORT – THE YOUNG MAN AND DEATH KINGS OF THE DANCE performed by Ivan Vasiliev, principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, previously the principal dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet and Svetlana Lunkina, prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Ballet. Also with Roberto Bolle, Marcello Gomez, Denis Matvienko, and Leonid Sarafanov Photos © Vanja Karas March 2014