Matej Vakula is a multi-media artist who often uses public space as a vehicle to explore how the political becomes personal and the personal becomes political. Through his work, he seeks to question preconceived notions about the role of art in culture and its relationship to society. The politics of site and his connection to a particular place is an essential part of his methodology. His creative process includes researching history and sociology, examining how global issues are framed through local perspectives, and inventing new sites of cultural production and new methods of dissemination.
Recent public work includes a project produced in the Czech and Slovak Republics that examined the dichotomy between Slovaks and Czechs when they lived in socialist Czechoslovakia, and since their division into separate countries in 1993. Documentation from this project was exhibited at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center in Boston.
Vakula has exhibited his work throughout Central Europe and in the United States. In 2008 – 2009, he was a curator at the Gallery Stanica in Žilina, Slovakia, a member of Trans Europe Halles, one of the most active cultural networks in Europe. His work has been featured in Art Forum and in various Central European media, including newspapers, magazines, and television. He has published his critical writing in Flash Art magazine and in 2011, he was a finalist of the prestigious Oskar Cepan prize. He has an MFA in Interrelated Media from the Massachusetts College of Art Design, where he was a Fulbright fellow and an MFA in Multimedia from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia. He has also studied in the Department of Art, Culture and Technology at MIT. He is currently on the faculty at The Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, where he teaches New Media and Technology.