Raised on a dairy farm in the foothills of Alberta, Valerie Zink turned her attention to photography after moving to southern Saskatchewan in 2010. Struck by the seemingly featureless prairie, photography became a means of learning about a landscape known only to its insiders. Her work focuses on metabolisms between people and nature, issues of economic migration and displacement, and the intersection of landscape and memory. Through photography, she seeks to reveal the ordinary ways that people struggle to live right and defend their attachment to home.
Valerie received her bachelor's in History from Dalhousie University before studying at the International Centre of Photography in New York. She served as Editor/Publisher of Briarpatch Magazine from 2010 to 2014, and is currently a student at the Centre for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Her collaborative book of photography and text with Emily Eaton, Fault Lines: Life and Landscape in Saskatchewan’s Oil Economy, is published by University of Manitoba Press (2016) and was shortlisted for a Saskatchewan Book Award. Her photographs are part of the Saskatchewan Arts Board permanent collection and have been shown in galleries across the province. She currently lives and works in Regina, SK.