Paloma Varga Weisz

Deux Artistes

Deux Artistes, 1986, is a silent short film by German artist Paloma Varga Weisz made in collaboration with her father Feri Varga and Bernd Stoll. Shot in black and white on Super 8 film and devoid of sound, the narrative follows the shared interactions of her younger self and father, an artist of Hungarian descent, as the pair converse and create in dialogue.


Set between their studio and home, the pair act in tandem as they move through their daily routines. Extended shots of seemingly small everyday activities give way to moments of collaboration: peeling potatoes, smoking, making drawn and sculpted portraits of one another and theatrical role plays. Towards the close, the pair play act in various costumed guises, masked in a range of simultaneously grotesque and comedic prosthetic noses, eccentric facial hair and hats. The focus on these gestures evoke an intimate portrait of the pair and their creative explorations, as well as touching upon themes that have extended throughout Varga Weisz’s work of personal experience, identity and role reversal. Captured through this focused and informal lens, subtle emotional registers come to the fore as the mood shifts variously from introspective contemplation to playful masquerading; prefiguring the duality of expression often found within her work.



HOMEWORK an online presentation of new drawings by Paloma Varga Weisz can be viewed at From 1 September 2020, Bumped Body, a major retrospective exhibition of the artist’s work spanning over two decades, will re-open at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, remaining on view until 3 January 2021.

Paloma Varga Weisz

Bumped Body
Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht

06 October 2019 - 02 February 2020

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Paloma Varga Weisz

Exhibition Wild Bunch introduced by James Cahill

9 June - 24 August 2018

1 Davies Street W1
© Sadie Coles HQ, London

Paloma Varga Weisz, Wild Bunch

Exhibition walkthrough


Exhibition walkthrough