Photography and Power: the Seeds of a Globalized Modern World with Associate Professor Karolina Karlic

Through a range of photographic media Karolina Karlic creates work that addresses the intersection of photography and documentary practices, with a focus on systems of labor and industry, globalization, and their impact on the social and environmental landscapes.


Karlic has been the recipient of numerous fellowships, residencies, and awards,

Karolina Karlic

including the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship (2011). Karlic's research is dedicated to telling the stories of those persons and ecologies who have been affected by the post-modernization of the industrial world. Her research is aimed at creating a new way to reflect on the possibilities for the visual arts today to deliver an act of criticism and to imagine a future. Karlic invites the viewer into a space and environment where historical consciousness is critical to reflecting on our relationship to consumption by questioning photography’s limitations, engaging contemporary concerns around the social impact of art, and elaborating on the distinctions between art and lived experience.

black and white photographs of Brazilian housing project by Karolina Karlic

Karolina Karlic: Brazil’s multi-billion dollar “Minha Casa, Minha Vida” (My House, My Life) housing program at the confluence of the Tapajós and Amazon Rivers, No. 1 & No. 2, May, 2014, Santarém, Pará, Brazil. Archival pigment print.


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