Karen Ostrom’s cohesive body of narrative works is based on a performative approach to photography. A need to examine more complex characters has evolved into the production of site-specific, cycloramic photographic installations. Ostrom’s new installation at MOCCA, Smoking Gun, is a stampede which locates the viewer in its midst. The work suspends notions of disbelief and invites the viewer to participate within the tension of the performance depicted.

Karen Ostrom, originally from British Columbia, lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She was awarded the Duke and Duchess of York Prize in Photography by the Canada Council in 2006. Her work has been exhibited at institutions, galleries and locations throughout Canada and the United States.

For details on Ostrom's installation at MOCCA, see EXHIBITIONS.