In addition, Knorr has donated her limited edition artworks from the same series to MAP, to help raise funds for the Museum’s activities. These will now be available with MAP for sale to those who wish to acquire these works for a very reasonable price. We are deeply grateful to Karen for gifting her precious works to the Museum and for becoming an integral part of the MAP family.
Knorr’s works are held in over 30 collections across the world including The Victoria & Albert Museum, London, The Tate, London, The Museum of Modern Art, Paris, The San Francisco Museum of Art, USA, and now the Museum of Art & Photography (MAP), Bengaluru, India. Born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico and studied in Paris and London, Knorr is currently based in London and is the Professor of Photography at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, Surrey.
KAREN KNORR: TRANSMIGRATIONS
Augusta Edwards Fine Art
Cromwell Place, London
20–31 October 2021
Booking is now open for Karen Knorr’s solo exhibition ‘Transmigrations’ in Gallery 1 at 4 Cromwell Place, London SW7 2JE. In her first one-artist show in the UK since her Tate Britain exhibition ‘Belgravia and Gentlemen’ in 2014, Augusta Edwards Fine Art will be featuring a selection of Knorr’s recent and past large-scale colour work including India Song, Monogatari and Fables.
Transmigrations refers to both displacement and reincarnation as well as to the migration of souls to an afterlife. In this age of climate change and of great migrations to come, where will our wildlife reside? Animals appear in Knorr’s photographs as signifiers of a radical alterity, or “otherness”, representing the vulnerable, displaced, and rejected. Set in Indian, Japanese and European interiors they are the principal actors in a perpetual conflict between nature and culture. Humans are now both perpetrators and victims of the oncoming horrors of our warming earth.
50th Anniversary Fundraising Auction Preview
The Photographers’ Gallery, London
14–17 October 2021
Bidding Opens 10 November 2021
On the occasion of its 50th Anniversary, The Photographers’ Gallery is delighted to announce the sale of a number of works donated by prominent contemporary photographers at auction in November. By taking part in the online auction and bidding on these works, you will help secure the future of The Photographers’ Gallery at this pivotal moment in our history – by allowing us to continue to stage our ground-breaking exhibition programme, as well as carry out our many education activities and provide support to both established and emerging talent.
Transmigrations refers to both displacement and reincarnation as well as to the migration of souls to an afterlife. In this age of climate change and of great migrations to come, where will our wildlife reside? Animals appear in Knorr’s photographs as signifiers of a radical alterity, or “otherness”, representing the vulnerable, displaced, and rejected. Animals in three series (India Song, Monogatari and Fables), set in India, Japanese and European interiors, are the principal actors in a perpetual conflict between nature and culture. Humans are now both perpetrators and victims of the oncoming horrors of our warming earth.
Geneva Photo Biennale
25 September – 10 October 2021
This year’s exhibition entitled Animalities is proposed by Irène Attinger (former head) of the library of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris, and curator and Jörg Brockmann (director of the Espace) JB Gallery and co-founder of the Espace JB Association. On the occasion of No’Photo 2021, Arcoop Wall Project (AWP) for its second edition will take over the premises of the Arcoop cooperative, a five story historic industrial building showcasing the works of twenty photographers including Karen Knorr.
The 21st century, renewed reflection on the diversity of living beings has generalised the idea that man is not the centre of the world and that his existence is not the end of evolution. Ethology and cognitive science have shown that the existence of sometimes complex cultures is not specific to our species but is found in many other animals. The animals represented in the different series belong to all sorts of species, real, fantasized, metaphorical or even artificial beings. They are wild, bred or domesticated, free or captive. Alive exhibited they are prolific, rare, endangered. Dead they serve as food, trophies, decorative objects or fetishes. They are familiar, irritating, reassuring or worrying. The exhibition does not propose an answer to the questions raised by the relationship between man and other animals, but invites reflection and possibly contributes to the development of the visitor’s own opinion.
Transmigrations refers to both displacement and reincarnation as well as to the migration of souls to an afterlife. In this age of climate change and of great migrations to come, where will our wildlife reside? Will the situation lead to a redefinition of living space in favour of the natural world and the displaced tribes? Animals appear in Knorr’s photographs as signifiers of a radical alterity, or “otherness”, representing the vulnerable, displaced, and rejected. Animals in three series (India Song, Monogatari and Fables), set in India, Japanese and European interiors, are the principal actors in a perpetual conflict between nature and culture. Humans are now both perpetrators and victims of the oncoming horrors of our warming earth.
Celebrating their debut at Somerset House HI-NOON are delighted to introduce new works into their collection of artist editions. The new editions, by leading and international artists including Catherine Yass and Lindsay Seers will be available exclusively, alongside works by acclaimed artists Karen Knorr, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Eva Stenram and exciting new talents Giulia Parlato and Yushi Li.
HI-NOON is an artist-led platform specialising in curated selections of photographic works in unique limited editions. Inspired by the culture of support and co-operation that thrives in artistic communities around the world, HI-NOON celebrates and sustains artistic practice through dynamically combining real world events – street poster campaigns, DJ parties, and exhibitions, with a distinct online presence.
Karen Knorr Open Studio During Photo London: 10–11 September
Karen Knorr will open the doors to her London studio during Photo London. On display will be a number of new works and a selection from Academies and Gentlemen.
Generations: Portraits of Holocaust Survivors
Imperial War Museum, London 6 August 2021–7 January 2022
In partnership with the Royal Photographic Society (RPS), Jewish News, the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and Dangoor Education, this new exhibition at the Imperial War Museum London will showcase new works from 13 contemporary photographers, all members and Fellows of RPS, alongside photography by RPS patron, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge. Displayed for the very first time, these powerful photographs capture the special connections between Holocaust survivors and the younger generations of their families. The commissioning process and exhibition were managed and curated by Tracy Marshall-Grant.
The systematic persecution of Europe’s Jews by the Nazis between 1933 and 1945 led to the mass extermination of 6 million lives. For those who survived, its memory and impact were life changing.
Karen Knorr met Sir Ben Helfgott MBE and Arza Helfgott for the first time in April 2021 during Covid-19 restrictions and was invited into their home to photograph them. Immediately made to feel at home, Knorr wanted to represent and celebrate the love between the couple at home in London.
The Lanesborough at Knokke-Le Zoute
Axel Pairon Gallery, Belgium
July 21–August 29 2021
The “Lanesborough” (once a hospital closed in the 1990’s) is one of the most expensive hotels in the world, where the wealthy 1% strive to live the celebrity lifestyle. Rooms come with butlers and the hotel is a themed fantasy palace where the special few can find happiness and fulfil all their desires of a perfect weekend in London (or in a very luxurious seaside resort in Knokke-Le Zoute, Belguim).The animals here are undressed to kill and are all very willing subjects for Knorr’s camera. They pose, fly, flaunt their jewellery and royal connections who live down Buckingham Palace Road. This work could also be a playful satire on how to aspire to be rich and happy in a very exclusive part of Belgium: Knokke-Le Zoute. The works of Karen Knorr with the rich interiors of the Lanesborough will form a contrast with the smooth and natural beach outside the gallery.
Gentlemen included in Masculinities
Les Rencontres d’Arles
4 July–26 September
The major touring group exhibition Masculinities, curated by Alona Pardo, will open next week at La Mécanique Général as part of the annual photography festival Les Rencontres d’Arles in the south of France. Included in the exhibition is the entirety of Karen Knorr’s photographic work Gentlemen (1981-1983) which was photographed in English gentlemen’s clubs in Saint James’ in central London and considers the patriarchal values of the English upper middle classes with text constructed out of speeches of parliament and news. All 26 photographs that make up the series will be displayed, the first time this has happened in France since the work was debuted in Paris at Samia Saouma’s gallery La Remise du Parc in 1983.