SÍM studio, Reykjavík, Iceland.

SÍM studio, Reykjavík, Iceland.

Karen Zalamea's art practice has developed through the lens of many disciplines, mainly photography, video, and installation. Her process involves a hands-on material engagement with image-making, from photographing studio constructions to the material handling of photographic objects. She is interested in the possibilities of the photographic surface and the subsequent relationship between its object manipulation and its optical representation.

Zalamea's practice embraces a range of analogue and digital photographic processes. Through various projects, her work continues to consider what constitutes a photograph, how images can contain evidentiary traces of process, and how meaning is shaped between lens, light, space, and surface.

She studied at Concordia University (MFA) and at Emily Carr University of Art + Design (BFA). She is the recipient of several awards, including the inaugural Sylvie and Simon Blais Foundation Award for Emerging Visual Artists. Her work has also been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the British Columbia Arts Council, and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.

Zalamea’s work has been presented across Canada and internationally in solo and group exhibitions and as public art projects.

She teaches in the Audain Faculty of Art at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.
She lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.


CV
Full CV available upon request.

Education
MFA, Concordia University, Studio Arts, Photography
BFA, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Photography

Solo + Two-Person Exhibitions
Subarctic Phase, Access Gallery, Vancouver, 2019
When the sun rises, we keep the fire aflame, Burrard Arts Foundation, Vancouver, 2018
Vitrine, Capture Photography Festival public art project, Vancouver, 2017
Spectres of Desire, Franc Gallery, Vancouver, 2016
Form in Matter, Gallery 295, Vancouver, 2013
Ground Truth (with Andreas Rutkauskas), TRUCK Contemporary Art, Calgary, 2012
Working Order, Latitude 53 Contemporary Visual Culture, Edmonton, 2011
WORK WORK WORK, Modern Fuel, Kingston, 2010
WORK WORK WORK, Galerie Simon Blais, Montréal, 2009
Lignes imaginaires, Galerie Les Territoires, Montréal, 2009
Exercises in Napery, FOFA Gallery, Montréal, 2008

Selected Group Exhibitions + Screenings
Eitt andartak, Iceland Film Photography Association, Gallerí Fold, Reykjavík, Iceland, 2018
In Plain Sight, Patron Art House, Vancouver, Canada, 2018
You Are New to the Mountain, SÍM House, Reykjavík, Iceland, 2015
Topographie, Galerie Les Territoires, Montréal, 2012
Nuit Blanche, curated by Nicholas Brown, Toronto, 2011
And No One Was Around, Société des arts technologiques, Montréal, 2011
The Art Marathon Festival, Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John’s, 2011
Art Souterrain, Nuit Blanche à Montréal, Montréal, 2011
Exposition Portative, Dazibao centre de photographies actuelles, Montréal, 2011
aluCine Latin Film & Media Arts Festival, Toronto, 2010
Asian Hot Shots Festival for Film & Video Art, Cinema Moviemento, Berlin, Germany, 2010
Eject 3, Mexico City International Video Performance Festival, Mexico, 2010
Proof 17, Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, Toronto, 2010
Exposition Portative, Dazibao centre de photographies actuelles, Montréal, 2010
Caustic Assets, Dalhousie Art Gallery, curated by the Centre for Art Tapes, Halifax, 2009
The Office for Archival Review, Centre des arts actuels Skol, Montréal, 2009
Body Break, Khyber Institute of Contemporary Art, Halifax, 2009
Diagonales 3, Festival International du Film sur l’Art, Montréal, 2009
21 Instants Vidéo, Polygone Étoilé, Instants Vidéo Numériques et Poétiques, Marseille, France, 2008
Eject 2, Mexico City International Video Performance Festival, Mexico, 2008
Monobandes, Galerie Les Territoires, Montréal, 2008
Vidéos de Femmes dans le Parc, Paraloeil Cinéma, Rimouski, 2008

Residencies
Burrard Arts Foundation, Vancouver, Canada, 2018
The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists (SÍM), Reykjavík, Iceland, 2015
Residency for Artists on Hiatus, Vancouver, Canada, 2013-2014
Espace Marie Chouinard, Montréal, Canada, 2011
Sagamie Centre for Contemporary Digital Art, Alma, Canada, 2008

Awards + Recognition
Canada Council for the Arts, Concept to Realization grant, 2019-2020
Canada Council for the Arts, Research and Creation grant, 2018
British Columbia Arts Council, Project Assistance for Visual Artists, 2018
Canada Council for the Arts, Research and Creation grant, 2016
British Columbia Arts Council, Project Assistance for Visual Artists, 2016
Canada Council for the Arts, Travel Grant, 2015
British Columbia Arts Council, Project Assistance for Visual Artists, 2015
Canada Council for the Arts, Research and Creation grant, 2014
Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Grant for Up-and-Coming Artists, 2011
Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Travel Grant, 2010
Sylvie & Simon Blais Foundation, Emerging Visual Artist Award, 2009
Dazibao centre de photographies actuelles, Jeune tête d’affiche winner, 2009
Centre Interuniversitaire des Arts Médiatiques, Travel Grant, 2008
Centre Interuniversitaire des Arts Médiatiques, Project Grant, 2007
British Columbia Arts Council, Senior Scholarship Award, 2007

Press
Language Matters, Ben Lerner, Canadian Art, Summer 2018, p. 128. 2018
Vancouver Insider Series with Resident Artist Karen Zalamea, Genevieve Michaels, Burrard Arts Foundation, Feb 9. 2018
Spectres of Desire at Franc Gallery, Sunshine Frere, Vancouver is Awesome, Apr 4. 2016
Spectres of Desire, Kimberly Phillips, Franc Gallery. 2016
Portfolio d’artiste: Karen Zalamea, Punctum arts visuels, Oct 17. 2013
Picturing Drift, Mapping Disorientation, Pablo Rodriguez, TRUCK Contemporary Art. 2012
Optic Nerve, BlackFlash Magazine, No. 28.3 Summer 2011, p. 19. 2011
Proof: Fresh Frames, Canadian Art, Jul 15. 2010
Sharing and Digital Photography, Matthew Williamson, Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography. 2010
Belles Applications, Bernard Lévy, Vie des arts, No. 217 Hiver 2009-2010, p. 81. 2009
Le geste contre la doctrine, Jérôme Delgado, Le Devoir, August 22-23, p. E6. 2009
Tools of Production, Christopher Olson, Montréal Mirror, August 6-12, p. 35. 2009

Artist Talks + Panels
In Conversation, Access Gallery, Vancouver, 2019
Artist talk, Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver, 2018
Artist talk, Burrard Arts Foundation, Vancouver, 2018
An Anatomical Trajectory (public art tour), Capture Photography Festival, Vancouver, 2017
Artist talk, Franc Gallery, Vancouver, 2016
Artist talk, SÍM House, Reykjavík, Iceland, 2015
Speaking Off It (panel), Capture Photography Festival, Field Contemporary, Vancouver, 2015
Artist talk, Centre A, Vancouver, 2014
Artist talk, University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, 2014
Artist talk, OCAD University, Toronto, 2013
Artist talk, Gallery 295, Vancouver, 2013
Artist talk, Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John’s, 2011
Artist talk, Modern Fuel, Kingston, 2010

Related Experience
Sessional Instructor, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, 2016-present
Administrative Coordinator/Assistant to the Director, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, 2018-present
Board of Directors, Centre A, Vancouver, 2015-2017
Research Associate, Matralab, Concordia University, Montréal, 2009-2011
Director, Skool Summer Practicum, Centre des arts actuels Skol, Montréal, 2009
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Faculty of Studio Arts, Concordia University, Montréal, 2006-2008