Jennifer Orpana

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Jennifer Orpana

Assistant Curator

Area: World Cultures

Interests: Vernacular/Family Photography; Histories of Photography; Participatory Art & Photography; Contemporary Art & Visual Culture

Exhibitions & Galleries: The Family Camera

Phone: 416.586.5706


Jennifer Orpana is currently an Assistant Curator at the Royal Ontario Museum, where she is working with Dr. Deepali Dewan and The Family Camera Network to establish a public archive of family photographs and oral histories at the museum. She was a member of the curatorial team for The Family Camera exhibition, and was recently a co-instructor for OCADU's graduate course: "Digital Futures: Family Camera at the ROM." Her writing has been published in RACAR and Fuse Magazine, and she recently co-edited a Photography & Culture special issue on family photography with Sarah Parsons (July 2017). Jennifer's teaching portfolio includes: facilitating hands-on workshops for all ages, developing and facilitating docent training, and teaching undergraduate and graduate-level students. In 2015, Jennifer completed a PhD in Art & Visual Culture at Western University and her SSHRC-funded research focused on community-engaged photography projects in the context of urban neoliberalism. Prior to her graduate career, Jennifer worked in education, outreach, and development at institutions such as the Art Gallery Ontario, the National Ballet of Canada, and Soulpepper Theatre Company.




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