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).
Karen Knorr’s work 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 with a large format Sinar P3 analogue camera and scanned to very high resolution. Live animals are inserted into the architectural sites, fusing high resolution digital with analogue photography. Animals photographed in sanctuaries, zoos and cities inhabit palaces, mausoleums , temples and holy sites, interrogating Indian cultural heritage and rigid hierarchies. Cranes, zebus, langurs, tigers and elephants mutate from princely pets to avatars of past feminine historic characters, blurring boundaries between reality and illusion and reinventing the Panchatantra for the 21st century.
Karen Knorr: LES ANIMAUX S’EXPOSENT / ANIMALS EXPOSE THEMSELVES
Cour des Urbanistes, Fougères, France
17 June–18 September 2022
An outdoor exhibition of photographic works including Fables and India Song, celebrating cultural heritage and wildlife in France and India: 17 June–18 September 2022. The exhibition will take place in the courtyard of the Cour des Urbanistes at Fougeres, a convent created at the end of the 17th century and today home to The Conservatory of Music Rene Guizen, School of Fine Art and Design and Galerie d’Art Albert Bourgeois
The exhibition is a collaboration between Festival Photo la Gacilly, Galerie d’art Albert Bourgeois & the city of Fougères. It coincides with 2022 edition of Festival la Gacilly Photo: Visions d’Orient which opens to the public on 1 June.
Art work title, medium and dimensions:
Flight to Freedom, Durbar Hall, Dungarpar Palace, 2010 and is a digital montage made in India as part of her world famous series India Song. Archival Colour Pigment Print, 24.04 x 30 cm on 29.7 x 42 cm Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl Paper.
The work celebrates the beauty in India’s heritage and women’s freedom from oppression, the wild egret strides in standing for women’s power and agency to make change. The exclusive male masculine preserve of the Durbar hall in Dungarapur is disrupted and changed forever.
Holden Luntz Gallery
Booth B6, Somerset House
12–15 May 2022
As part of Photo London Holden Luntz Gallery will present two new works from Karen Knorr’s series India Song alongside works from Diane Arbus, Harry Benson, Arthur Elgort, Ormond Gigli, Horst P. Horst, Frank Horvat, William Klein, Jim Lee, Terry O’Neill, Lawrence Schiller, Melvin Sokolsky, Albert Watson, Bruce Weber and David Yarrow.
Holden Luntz Gallery was founded in 1999 in Palm Beach, Florida. As one of the first galleries specializing in photography in the Southeastern U.S, the gallery’s mission of acquiring and presenting the work of significant photographers whose work has either defined or is expanding the parameters of photography.
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Karen Knorr: Transmigrations
Sundaram Tagore Gallery Chelsea
542 West 26th Street, New York
5 May–4 June 2022
Opening Reception with the Artist:
Thursday 5 May, 6–8pm
Sundaram Tagore Gallery are pleased to present a solo exhibition of photographs by Karen Knorr. The American/British artist is known for her sumptuous, conceptually driven images that employ opulent palaces, museums and temples of Western Europe and Asia to frame issues of power rooted in cultural heritage.
The London-based artist, whose work is in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and Tate, London, presents a curated selection of images from five of her most powerful series, including India Song, Fables, Monogatari, Metamorphoses and The Lanesborough. The exhibition marks the debut of two band-new photographs created earlier this year as well as images from her Monogatari series on view for the first time in the United Sates.
Telling Stories: Picture Post and its Legacy
James Hyman Gallery 48 Maddox Street, London 29 March–29 April 2022
James Hyman Gallery are delighted to announce the opening of two new galleries at 48 and 50 Maddox Street in Mayfair. At 48 Maddox Street, the gallery is staging the exhibition Telling Stories: Picture Post and its Legacy. The exhibition presents some of the key photographers of Picture Post magazine as well as curated selection of some later British photographers who built on this storytelling or documentary tradition.
The exhibition features works by Shirley Baker, Bill Brandt, Anna Fox, Ken Grant, Brian Griffin, Bert Hardy, Nigel Henderson, Paul Hill, Thurston Hopkins, David Hurn, Kurt Hutton, Colin Jones, Dafydd Jones, Chris Killip, Karen Knorr, Marketa Luskacova, Roger Mayne, Daniel Meadows, Jim Mortram, Martin Parr, Charlie Phillips, Tony Ray-Jones, Paul Reas, Grace Robertson, Jo Spence, Wolfgang Suschitzky, Homer Sykes, Jon Tonks.
MGA x MAP in conversation with Karen Knorr Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, Australia
9 March 2022
The Chair of MGA Foundation, Kallie Blauhorn, is delighted to invite your guest and you to our next edition of intimate online conversations with leading artists, curators and collectors hosted by MGA’s Director, Anouska Phizacklea.
In conversation at Monash Gallery of Art
Karen Knorr, Museum of Art & Photography (MAP) Curator and Research Editor Varun Nayar in conversation with MGA Senior Curator Pippa Milne
6.00 – 8.00 pm
Wednesday 9 March 2022
Join us for an exciting conversation with American artist Karen Knorr, Museum of Art & Photography (MAP), Bengaluru Curator and Research Editor, Varun Nayar, and MGA Senior Curator Pippa Milne as they discuss this first major survey of Indian photography in Australia.
With more than 70 years in photography between them, Karen and Anna will discuss what challenges they faced as women starting out in a male dominated profession. They will share their insight into how the industry is changing, what catalysts are driving this change and what challenges women of today have to overcome as they develop their photographic careers. They will also talk about who their key influencers have been and which female photographers have inspired them over the years. They will take questions from attendees to finish out the evening.