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 and digital photographic practices, in images as evidentiary traces of process, and in the direct relationship between lens, light, and subject.
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 is an instructor in the Audain Faculty of Art at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.
She lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.