Photographers Karen Knorr and Olivier Richon will discuss their joint project photographing punks in London clubs in the 1970’s and early 1980’s. Karen will then present the full Belgravia series discussing her staged collaborations with family and friends. The books ‘Gentlemen‘, ‘Punks‘ and ‘Belgravia‘ will be available to purchase for signing. This is a free but ticketed event. Tickets will be available on the Burberry website.
Yuki Miyake of White Conduit Projects and I will be travelling to Japan this November 2017 to meet artisans and friends in Tokyo, Kyoto and Okayama.
Although I often use the news to announce exhibitions I think it is important to highlight that research drives all my projects. I am now developing new work and learning how to work in different ways with Japanese friends, artists and artisans.
In conjunction with White Conduit Projects, I have been awarded a Daiwa Foundation Grant and the Great Britain Sasakawa Grant in order to research Japanese traditional lacquer, screen and furniture craft creating new presentations of two Japanese bodies of work, Monogatari and Karyukai for a temple display in April / May 2018. Tagen Kobayashi, an artist monk has invited me to make new work for a solo exhibition at Oba-in Temple in Kyoto (one of the sub temples of Daitoku-ji). The surprise news is that the Nishieda Foundation has awarded us another grant to cover production of work by Japanese artist Shiho Kito and me to be displayed at their premises in Kyoto in Spring 2018.
Drawing Room of Pennethorne’s
The event will be aimed at photographers seeking feedback and guidance on their portfolios and practice. The event will be limited to 90 participants and places will be offered on first come first served basis. Each individual session will last 15 minutes and will be led by internationally acclaimed photographers including; Anna Fox, Ori Gersht, Karen Knorr, Steffi Klenz, Catherine Yoss and Jean Wainwright. At the end of the session, a selected number of outstanding portfolios will be presented to a panel of international curators.
Belgravia, describes the ‘everyday’ of a privileged minority, and whilst historically, portraiture of the upper classes has tended to be flattering, the combination of portraits and quotes from the subjects recorded during their sessions, brings Knorr’s work closer to satire.
Gentlemen, takes us inside the hallowed halls of the most venerable private gentlemen’s clubs of 1980s London, and considers the patriarchal values of the English upper classes with beautifully precise photographs and texts constructed out of speeches of parliament and the news at that time.
For the 6th year Galerie Lichtblick/Tina Schelhorn and KOLGA TBILISI PHOTO/ Beso Khaindrava cooperate in organizing the festival program with exhibitions of Georgian and International photographers and workshops with well known photographers from all over the world.
In conversation with Shephen Bullfor Desert Isle Pics
Saturday, January 21st, 11am – 12pm
Which eight photographs would you take with you to a desert island? Karen will reveal her eight desert island choices and discuss how they reflect her life and career with regular Desert Island Pics host Stephen Bull. More details and tickets information are here.
LONDON ART FAIR
Business Design Centre
52 Upper Street
London N1 0QH
Karen Knorr at Miami Pulse Danziger Gallery Dec 1-4, 2016 4601 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL, USA Karen Knorr will be showing new work from ‘Metamorphoses’ at the Danziger Gallery.
PULSE Contemporary Art Fair in Miami returns to Indian Beach Park at 46th Street and Collins Avenue. The fair will open on Thursday, December 1st with a Private Preview Brunch, 10am – 1pm, to welcome VIP guests and press for first access to new work.
The Observer / The Guardian, October 31 2016
Sean O’ Hagan Gentlemen by Karen Knorr review – eminently clubbable
“It is this conceptually driven play of image and words that makes Gentlemen such a mischievous meditation on the sanctity – and absurdity – of these male institutions and the people that inhabit them. The portraits and the texts are not what they initially seem, the former being art-directed by Knorr to be both “natural” and revealing, the latter being constructed from parliamentary speeches of the time, as well as quotations from contemporary news reports. The end result is a kind of visual and linguistic mimicry that echoes, sometimes directly, sometimes obliquely, the language, values and beliefs of the English aristocracy. Among them is the belief in primogeniture – the right by law of the firstborn son rather than daughter to inherit the parent’s estate. Being born male, then, is, as Knorr suggests, the first privilege from which all others flow.”