Artists for Kids
Karen Zalamea

​This fall, Karen Zalamea will be Artist-in-Residence with Artists for Kids at our photography enrichment program. In these workshops, students will consider how photography impacts our relationship to place. With the North Vancouver waterfront as the central location of inquiry, students will first engage with the rich resources at the Museum of North Vancouver Archives to inform their approaches to the site. From working with scans of historical photographs, maps, and plans from the archive, to photographing on location, students will combine historical documents with their location-based photographs.



Karen Zalamea (she/her) is a Filipino-Canadian artist, educator, and cultural worker based in Burnaby, Canada, the unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Zalamea’s interdisciplinary practice is rooted in photography and critically considers methodologies, materiality, and modes of presentation. Her research centres on the camera-mediated relationship between body and space, as well as the material and representational potential of the photographic surface. Her work has expanded to use photography as a means to think through and encounter broader issues of identity, memory, and inheritance.

Zalamea’s projects have received support from the Canada Council for the Arts, British Columbia Arts Council, and Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and she has carried out artist residencies in the Philippines, Iceland, and Canada. Her work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions and as public art projects across Canada and internationally. Zalamea holds an MFA from Concordia University, Montreal, and a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver.


Artists for Kids

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