Karolina Karlic is a Los Angeles-based photographer, born in Wroclaw, Poland. Karlic's work explores the ideas representing American culture, emplacement, and evidence of diaspora, from the complicated perspective of a non-native growing up in urban Detroit. In search of the American dream, her family immigrated there in 1986 when her father fled communist Poland to find work in the U.S. auto industry. As the stock of Ford, General Motors and Daimler Chrysler's North American operations eventually fell, Karlic's work focuses on the labor, immigration, and their causes of displacement in today's society. She has self produced two artist books, The Dee (2007), and most recently, ELEMENTARZ (2010).
She holds a BFA in photography from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and a MFA from the California Institute of Arts 2010. She has been published in the Water Stone Review, was a participant in Center 2007 (formerly known as Review Santa Fe), received the MN State Arts Board Initiative Grant 2008, a participant in ATOUT France, a collaboration with curator Tim Wride and the French Embassy of Los Angeles (2010). Her series, The Dee, Close to Home, Dear Diary and ELEMENTARZ have been exhibited nationally at galleries including Franklin Art Works, Intermedia Arts , Independent Feature Project in Minneapolis; Jen Bekman Gallery in New York, Wall Space of Seattle, Atmosphere Group in Chicago; Louis Stern Fine Arts, POV Gallery, and the LA Art Show in Los Angeles, The Embassy of France (Los Angeles, NYC, New Orleans) and most recently a screening of her film " This Part of the Legend of a Dream" REDCAT, the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater in Los Angeles.