Carolyn Park (b. 1989, Los Angeles) is a writer interested in contemporary art exhibitions, translation, and Lacanian psychoanalysis. She graduated magna cum laude from NYU with a double major in Spanish/Latin American Literature and Art History. As an undergraduate student, she began researching the Mass Media Art Group of Buenos Aires and its intersections with New York proto-conceptual artists in 1966, under the guidance of art historians Julia Robinson and Edward Sullivan. After graduating, she worked simultaneously as an archival assistant at the Dwan Gallery Archive and as a curatorial intern at Artists Space.
Gradually becoming conscious of the methodologies that limited her art historical inquiries to hegemonic discourses, she sought Lacanian psychoanalysis to confront deeply rooted structural issues guided by her symptoms and her research on Oscar Masotta. Through a guided work (from 2013-2017) in group theory, logic, linguistics, and psychoanalytic theory led by analyst Robert Groome (PLACE), she eventually discovered that the field of translation provided an alternate theory of discourse, as well as a method for structural analysis, that could not only complement her ongoing studies in psychoanalysis, but also provide the means to develop a praxis that would not be reduced to mere interdisciplinary application.
Currently, Carolyn is pursuing a certificate in Spanish Translation through the University of California San Diego, attending seminars at L’École Lacanienne de Psychanalyse in Mexico City, and writing about contemporary art exhibitions. She also volunteers as a translator for Esperanza Immigration Rights Project, Unlocking Silent Histories, and the Beloit Center for Survivors of Domestic Violence.