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Justine Varga

Lives and works in Oxford, United Kingdom, and Sydney, Australia. 

Justine Varga is an Australian artist renowned for her deliberative engagement with the practice of photography. Since graduating with Honours from the National Art School in Sydney in 2007, Varga has had her work exhibited in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the United States, including in the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of South Australia, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Australian Centre for Photography, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, City Gallery Wellington, National Library of New Zealand, Museum of Photographic Arts (USA) and Paris Photo. She has won five national juried awards, including the Olive Cotton Award for Photographic Portraiture in 2017, and the 21st Dobell Prize for Drawing in 2019, the first photographer to do so in its thirty-year history. A major commission for Duo Central Park in Sydney, a building designed by Foster + Partners in London, was completed in 2018. In that same year, Varga co-curated Runes: Photography and Decipherment for the Centre for Contemporary Photography in Melbourne. Her work has been included in published histories of photography, such as Installation View: Photography Exhibitions in Australia 1848 - 2020, (Perimeter Editions, 2021), by Daniel Palmer and Martyn Jolly, and Negative/Positive: A History of Photography (Routledge, 2021), by Geoffrey Batchen. Varga’s photographs have been acquired by numerous national and state public collections, and private collections internationally.