Karen Knorr Solo Exhibition
Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris
11 March–29 April 2023
Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by Karen Knorr opening 11 March in Paris. An emblematic figure of contemporary photography, Karen Knorr belongs to a generation of artists who questioned the nature of photography, no longer considering it as a pure expression of reality, but as a fabricated image.
An American born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Karen Knorr was raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico in the 1960s and educated in Paris and London. At the University of Westminster, Knorr studied alongside Olivier Richon, Mitra Tabrizian and Mark Lewis, addressing the critical debates concerning the “politics of representation” that emerged during the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Exclusive Fundraising Edition for the Centre for British Photography
Karen Knorr has produced an exclusive edition of her work The Survivor from India Song for the newly opened Centre for British Photography. Produced in a limited edition of 25 prints, all profits will go towards supporting the Centre’s programme of public events and grants for photographers. The Centre for British Photography is a significant new space that seeks to champion photography made in Britain. A charitable initiative, it has exhibition spaces, a programme of public events, an archive, and a shop. It aims to provide a dedicated home for British Photography in all its diversity.
The Survivor, Deogarh Palace, Deogarh, 2012
Archival colour pigment print on Hahnemühle PhotoPag Baryta paper
32 x 25.6 cm / 12.5 x 10 in image on 42 x 29.7 x 16.5 x 11.6 in paper
Produced in an edition of 25, with prices from £750.
Gentlemen & Country Life at National Gallery of Art, Washington, USA 29 January–11 June 2023 This Is Britain brings together the work of a generation of photographers who were commenting on the deep unrest of these pivotal decades.
Karen Knorr Exhibitions Open & Opening January 2023
Karen Knorr Studio is starting the new year with a flurry of exhibitions, both internationally and in London. Exhibited works spanning Karen Knorr’s career are on view, including Belgravia, Capital, Academies and India Song. Further details are outlined below:
Museum of Art & Photography (MAP)
Opens in Bengaluru, India
Karen Knorr Founding Circle Member
“In 2008 I travelled to India for the first time with my dear friend Juliette Wilson. What a life changing journey it became, in a small white Maruti we drove across 2000 miles in Northern India. 13 years ago in 2009 I was introduced to Abhishek Poddar by my colleague and friend Professor Anna Fox. During that time Abhishek was the director of Tasveer one of India’s first galleries dedicated to photography. It was a momentous meeting leading to a friendship which grew over the years and supported a photographic series which continues to this day India Song.
After the hiatus caused by Covid, I am delighted to be once more travelling and making work in India. Alongside my Indian friends I will be celebrating the opening of the Museum of Art & Photography in Bangalore as a member of the Museum’s Founding Circle. I am excited and honoured to be present at the artists’ studio visits, events, meetings, and celebrations in Bangalore during December 9, 10 and 11th.”
WWF Tomorrow’s Tigers Fundraising Auction & Exhibition 24–29 November
In this lunar year of the Tiger, Sotheby’s has partnered with WWF for a fundraising initiative titled Tomorrow’s Tigers 2022 to support efforts to boost wild tiger numbers and to alleviate the threat posed to the rapidly depleting wild tiger populations. To support this initiative, a group of artist including Karen Knorr have donated their work which will be exhibited at Sotheby’s. Karen will be presenting her recent photograph The Protector, Junha Mahal, Dungarpur, 2022 from the India Song (2008-2022) series. The proceeds from the auction will go directly to support conservation programmes implemented by WWF across the globe.
The selling exhibition also presents a collaboration between Artwise Curators and the WWF featuring specially commissioned, limited-edition rugs designed by 12 celebrated artists from around the world produced by the specialists Christopher Farr.
Paris Photo 2022
Grand Palais Éphémère
Karen Knorr will be exhibiting recent works from India Song at Paris Photo 2022 with Augusta Edwards Fine Art at booth D20. Other photographers exhibiting with the gallery include Henri Cartier-Bresson, Elliott Erwitt, Martine Franck, Stuart Franklin, Josef Koudelka, Chris Killip and Graham Smith.
India Song celebrates the rich visual culture, the foundation myths and stories of northern India, focusing on Rajasthan and using sacred and secular sites to consider caste, femininity and its relationship to the animal world. Interiors are painstakingly photographed, live animals are inserted into the architectural sites, blurring boundaries between reality and illusion and reinventing the Panchatantra for the 21st century.
Paris Photo brings together up to 200 exhibitors from across the world, offering collectors and enthusiasts the most diverse and qualitative presentation of photography-driven projects today. Leading galleries showcase historical and contemporary artworks from modern masters to young talents. The 25th edition of Paris Photo will take place in Paris, Thursday, November 10 through Sunday, November 13 with a preview day on Wednesday, November 9 (by invitation only) at the newly constructed Grand Palais Ephémère on the Champ de Mars facing the Eifffel Tower.
10 September–5 November 2022
Danziger Gallery will be presenting the photographs of Karen Knorr – a 21st century bestiary showcasing a selection of her constructed animal pictures taken in India between 2008 and 2022. This will be their fourth presentation of Knorr’s work over the last 10 years and the first solo exhibition of her work in Los Angeles. The show will include recent additions to the India Song series, including The Protector, Junha Mahal, Dungarpur, 2022to be exhibited for the first time.
While Knorr’s images take some of their inspiration from the Indian tradition of personifying animals in literature and art, there is another almost subconscious strain to her work. Going back to the time of cave painting we see that these early visual artists not only recorded their lives and surroundings, but used art to express themselves. The depiction of animals in symbolic and powerful ways and the urge to create these images with the best tools at hand is a line stretching from these unnamed cave painters to Karen Knorr.
Questions (After Brecht)
The Eastgate Centre
26–29 August 2022
At the end of August, Hundred Heroines & Friends will be hosting a long weekend of photography exhibitions, artist talks and screenings, along with an exciting programme of empowerment and creativity. International stars will be zooming into Gloucester (literally and virtually), to join us for debates, discussions and a lively weekend of all things women in photography.
In 2017 a number of artists were given a carte blanche commission to photograph the Art-Deco department store, La Samaritaine in Paris, during its refurbishment. Karen chose a documentary approach ‘infused with playful fantasy and surrealism’ through which she created ‘solarised “work theatres”’. Each image is accompanied by a stanza from Questions from a Worker Who Reads (Bertolt Brecht). The entire series will be screened daily during the festival, accompanied by a podcast Karen made with Hundred Heroines. Questions (After Brecht) was published by GOST in 2020 and includes an interview with David Campany, copies will be available for purchase at the festival.
Festival Central and the main exhibitions will be on the top floor of the The Eastgate Centre with further events in other venues around the city, including Jolt Studios.
Works from Karen Knorr’s series Monogatari will be exhibited. The series, started in 2012, imagines animal life and Japanese cultural heritage referencing buddhist Jataka tales and Japanese stories.
Photographed in temples, shrines, ryokans and gardens in Kyoto, Nara, Ise and Tokyo, animals and women in traditional kimonos evoke screen art of the Edo period. Knorr, inspired by Japanese art (ukijo-e, screen painting) has produced a series of photographs of Japanese animals which appear in temples and shrines referencing the folktales of the supernatural such as Kaidan and Shinto kami (spirits).