Karen Zalamea's 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, ranging from studio constructions to performed physical gestures for the camera’s vision. She is interested in generating forms as photographic subject matter and in experimenting with the intersections of light and surface.
Her concerns are largely invested in analogue photographic practices, in the unhurried nature of large-format photography, in images as evidentiary traces of process, and in the direct relationship between lens, light, and subject.
She studied at Emily Carr University of Art + Design (BFA) and at Concordia University (MFA). She is the recipient of several awards, including the inaugural Sylvie and Simon Blais Foundation Award for Emerging Visual Artists, and she has received grants from 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 exhibited and screened across Canada and internationally.
She is currently a sessional instructor in the Faculty of Visual Art + Material Practice at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.
She lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.