15 x 12 inch archival inkjet print

Edition of 3 + 1AP (2 framed available)

$1,500 framed, with 1 signed copy of artist book They are lost as soon as they are made


Artist Statement: 


To produce the images of They are lost as soon as they are made Zalamea built a large-format 4 x 5 analogue film camera for which she created biconvex lenses by freezing local water samples from Iceland in specially fabricated moulds. With the camera and ice lenses, Zalamea photographed the Icelandic landscape. The work explores the camera and its optics as sites for experimentation, the translational capacity of photography, the perimeters of vision, and the possibilities of the landscape to reveal and render its own image.

They are lost as soon as they are made is also available as a limited edition artist book presenting the full suite of 80 photographs with essays by Katie Belcher and Sara Matthews.




Karen Zalamea is a Filipino-Canadian artist, educator, and cultural worker based in Vancouver, 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 uncertainty. Her work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions and as public art projects across Canada and internationally. Zalamea holds degrees from Concordia University, Montreal, and from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver.

Karen Zalamea, They are lost as soon as they are made (no. 17), 2015/2020