Karolina Karlic Lecture

Presented as part of the Photography Lecture Series
March 6, 2017 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Farias Family Sisters with Squash in Backyard by Karolina Karlic
Oakland Campus

Free and open to the public
Ralls 202
More info: centa@cca.edu

Today, the US outsources most of its industrial and production labor, and that fact is what led Karolina Karlic to investigate Ford’s 1928 attempt in creating a utopic American town in the middle of a jungle, complete with white picket fences, hamburgers, alcohol prohibition, and even a hospital.
With a critical approach to the social history of rubber, her project weaves research from the Henry Ford, Firestone, and Michelin archives with still photography and video.
Rubberlands examines Henry Ford’s influence on the industrial -- agricultural landscape in Brazil with a focus on the reforestation projects at the Michelin rubber plantation -- Atlantic Forest.
Rubberlands challenges a traditional narrative by combining a creative practice of art, documentary filmmaking, photographic storytelling, archive materials, and agricultural redevelopment industries.

Her project reaches across disciplines of socially engaged and environmental art practices, the sciences, and social justice.

About Karolina Karlic

Polish-born, American-educated, Karlic immigrated to Detroit in 1987. Her work has focused on industry, diaspora, environmental concerns, and the effects of social upheaval, and has led her to capture imagery all over the US and various parts of the world including her native Poland, Ukraine, Sierra Leone, French Polynesia, and most recently Brazil.

Karlic has received numerous fellowships and awards including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, the Cultural Exchange International Fellowship of the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and Sacatar Foundation, and has been a Light Work artist in residence.

She holds an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and is an assistant professor in the Art Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

[Image: Farias Family Sisters with Squash in Backyard -- Michelin, Ituberá, Bahia]