Animals tumble, soar, and race through the pages of the bestiary, a popular type of medieval book describing the beasts of the world. Abounding with vibrant and fascinating images, the bestiary brought real and fantastical creatures to life for readers. So cherished were these vividly imagined beasts, they often “escaped” from manuscripts to inhabit other art works made during the medieval period, and even up to the present day.
A seminar day celebrating and exploring British photography from the 1980s, one of the most dramatic and prolific decades in post war British documentary work. Speakers include: Anna Fox, Jem Southam, Karen Knorr, Paul Graham and Chris Killip.
Thursday 16–Sunday 19 May
VIP Preview: Wednesday 15 May
Sundaram Tagore Gallery
Karen Knorr Hons RPS will be presenting solo with Sundaram Tagore Gallery at London Photo 2019 with a selection of works from her seminal photographic series ‘India Song’. The series began with a 2008 road trip across more than 2000 kilometres across northern India. India Song celebrates the rich visual culture, foundation myths and stories of India, focusing on Rajasthan, using sacred and secular sites to consider caste, femininity and its relationship to the animal world. The work is influenced by surrealism and the magic realism of Latin America.
Old Meets New, the 7th Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival
Outdoor Exhibition 15 February-20 April, 2019
Al Jazirah Al Hamra Old Town, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
The atmospheric and recently restored historic village of Al Jazirah Al Hamra in Ras Al Khaimah is set to be transformed into an open-air gallery, as it plays host to this year’s Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival (RAKFAF). Opening on Valentine’s Day with a theme of Old Meets New the 7th edition of RAKFAF promises to be a cultural, immersive and unique experience not to be missed. An initiative of the Al Qasimi Foundation, the popular festival will present a rich variety of works by local, regional and international artists to be explored and enjoyed, as well as an expanded programme of workshops and activities. The festival is free to the public and will run until February 28, with an extended outdoor art exhibition running until April 20th, 2019.
Karen Knorr will be exhibiting thirteen works from the series ‘India Song’ as part of the outdoor exhibition in the Al Jazirah Al Hamra Old Town.
This duo exhibition sees Karen Knorr exhibit for the first time in the USA her large Byobou screens made in Japan from her series Monogatari, a series she has worked on since 2012. In 2017 Knorr was invited into Obai-in temple in Kyoto by artist, calligrapher and head priest Tagen Kobayashi.
Knorr first exhibited her work as free-standing Byobu screens, in a solo exhibition at the Daitoku-ji complex in Obai-in temple in 2018. These screens were made of cedar wood, mulberry, rice paper and silk, and combined with photographs printed on rice paper.
Panel Discussion Presented by
RPS Women in Photography
19 January, 6:30–8pm
Conway Hall, LondonPlease join Karen Knorr this Saturday (19 January) for the panel discussion ‘Photographic Futures’ at Conway Hall. The discussion is presented by RPS Women in Photography as part of the programme of events for the exhibition, “When Women Gather…” by Grace Gelder, photographer-in-residence at Conway Hall.
The panel will be made up of: two photographers, Karen Knorr HonFRPS and Maryam Wahid; an educator using photography in her practice, Grace Gelder; a curator, Laura Noble; and will be chaired by Marianne Mulvey.
Another Way of Telling: Photographs by Anna Fox & Karen Knorr
January 15 – March 2
Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Xiamen
Curated by Xu Hao
“Another Way of Telling: Photographs by Anna Fox and Karen Knorr” showcases almost 100 works from the rich, dynamic careers of two of Britain’s leading documentary photographers. Here, acerbic wit is brought to sharp social commentary on subjects that are seen through two highly individual perspectives that wrap the photographers’ penetrating insight into the issues of our times in a warm dose of humour. The exhibition includes selections from representative themes in each of their work, as well entire series which function like photo essays exploring topics like class, working environments, and self-awareness. Here we have Anna Fox’s Work Stations, and Basingstoke, in contrast with Karen Knorr’s Belgravia about the gulf in class attitudes, and Punks which documented the first generation of the punk music movement with Olivier Richon in the UK in the mid-1970s.
Women in Photography: A History of British Trailblazers
30 January 2019 – 2 June 2019
Opening: 29 January, 6–8pm
The Lightbox, Woking
The exhibition will feature around 70 works including Turner Prize winners and nominees and Venice Biennale exhibitors such as Helen Sear, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Hannah Collins, Gillian Wearing and Jane & Louise Wilson. The works featured will date from the mid-19th century through to 2009 and will chart progressions in style, techniques and popular subject matter. Early notable photographers include Julia Margaret Cameron, Lady Hawarden and Queen Alexandra. Works have been generously lent by many leading museums and galleries including by Her Majesty The Queen from the Royal Collection, Tate, Victoria & Albert Museum, Arts Council Collection, British Council Collection, National Portrait Gallery, Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Lee Miller Archive. The works will be presented chronologically and visitors will be transported on a whistle-stop journey of the history of female photography.
Karen Knorr will be exhibiting her portrait of Diane Abbott in ‘209 Women’. One hundred years after women first gained the right to sit in Parliament as MPs, the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art will host the ‘209 Women’ exhibition from 14 December 2018 to 14 February 2019. Unveiled in time for the anniversary of the first election where some women could cast a vote, the exhibition includes portraits of female MPs, all photographed by female photographers in an all-female initiative.
‘209 Women’ marks this significant moment in history whilst also highlighting the ongoing need for further gender equality across society. A collective of women photographers from all across the UK formed, volunteering their time to make and mark history, celebrating the centenary of women’s suffrage and championing the visibility of women, particularly in environments that are still largely male-dominated.