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Karolina Karlic

Associate Professor
Photography, Media, Film

Photography and practice; documentary, ethnofiction and narrative media

Through a range of photographic media Karlic creates work that widely addresses the intersection of photography, ethnofiction, 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, including the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship (2011), the Cultural Exchange International Fellowship of the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs Fellowship, the Hellman Fellowship, the Sacatar Foundation Residency Program, and Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence Program, amongst others. Her research is dedicated to telling the stories of those who have been affected by the post-modernization of the industrial world. Through the use of documentary art practice as a research method rather than an artistic style, her work seeks to better understand societal, environmental, and industrial constructs by critically making visual notes of them. Her projects are on the cusp between art and documentary photography, aimed at creating a new way to reflect on the possibilities for the visual arts today to deliver an act of criticism. 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.


In her research, Rubberlands, a photographic survey that maps the ways natural rubber manufacturing is socially, ecologically and systemically formed, Karlic proposes that rubber + photography are both integral components of the second phase of the industrial revolution. This research proposes that each are equal players in the development of a globalized contemporary mobile society of making and consuming.


Unseen California

Karolina Karlic is the founder of, Unseen California, a arts visual platform that serves as a centralizing information hub for arts+science+humanities research that aims to build upon and extend faculty led arts research, education and student work in outdoor California classroom laboratories across the UC Natural Reserve System through an interdisciplinary arts approach to visualizing the environmental and social concerns of the California Landscape in the 21st Century. 



The Kenneth S. Norris Center for Natural History

Social Documentation M.F.A. Program, Film and Digital Media 

Faculty Advisor for Student Artists of Color Coalition (SACC)


Education and Training: 
M.F.A., Photography and Integrated Media, California Institute of the Arts
B.F.A., Photography, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Honors and Awards: 

John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, 2011, Creative Arts, Photography.


Digital Arts Research Center 239
Office Hours: 
Hi Jason, My office hours: FALL 2021: Mondays 11am-12pm. Please email me to schedule a virtual office hours appointment. Thank you.
Mailing Address: 

Art Department
Baskin Visual Arts
UC Santa Cruz
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064