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.
Born in Frankfurt am Main (Germany) but of American nationality, Karen Knorr was among the first photographers to codify so-called “staged” photography in the early 1980s. Central themes investigated in her work include post-colonialism, feminism and visual culture, ranging from examining the structures of society (for example in the black and white series Belgravia (1979-1980) and Gentlemen (1981-1983) on “British Society”) to architectural scenographies in which she introduces animals – incongruous and poetic elements – thus mixing analytical, historical and literary approaches with a fictional freedom with surprising symbolism. Presented in some of the most prestigious museums and galleries (Musée Carnavalet, Tate, Adamson Gallery, etc.), Karen Knorr received the prestigious Pilar Citoler Prize for Contemporary Photography in 2011. She is currently professor of Photography at the University for the Creative Arts Farnham (UK).