Liz Park

Liz Park

Liz Park’s interest in photography stems from her desire to engage with the current cultural climate where photographic images of violence and death circulate at an ever-increasing speed. How artists move beyond a creation of spectacle to explore photography as a representational tactic that can engage viewers with criticality and empathy was the focus of her research during the curatorial residency at Gallery 44. She conducted studio visits and held meetings with various artists, curators and writers in Toronto. Based on the research begun during the residency, she worked towards the goal of curating an exhibition that explores how artists use photography to create moments of reflection at a time when the media continues to bombard us with horrific images meant to shock and evoke fear.

Born in Seoul, Korea, Liz Park is a Vancouver-based curator, interested in creating discursive spaces and generating forums to engage an audience with discussions of today’s political and social realities. She received an MA in Curatorial Studies at the University of British Columbia in 2007. In 2008-2009, she was Curatorial Resident at Western Front Media Arts in Vancouver through Canada Council for the Arts Assistance to Culturally Diverse Curators in Residencies. Presently, she is the Co-Director/Curator of Vancouver Access Artist Run Centre.