Photo London 2019, Somerset House
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.
Wild animals of India found in sanctuaries, zoos and cities are photographed, inserted digitally into interiors of palaces, mausoleums, temples and holy sites, interrogating Indian cultural heritage and societal rigid hierarchies. The photographs are painstakingly retouched with photographic images of live animals, and interiors digitally combined fusing two worlds: nature and culture in order to reflect on the fragility of both in the anthropocene. 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.
About Sundaram Tagore Gallery
Established in 2000, Sundaram Tagore Gallery is devoted to examining the exchange of ideas between Western and non-Western cultures. We focus on developing exhibitions and hosting not-for-profit events that encourage spiritual, social and aesthetic dialogues. In a world where communication is instant and cultures are colliding and melding as never before, our goal is to provide venues for art that transcend boundaries of all sorts. With alliances across the globe, our interest in cross-cultural exchange extends beyond the visual arts into many other disciplines, including poetry, literature, performance art, film and music.
About Photo London
Photo London was created to give London an international photography event befitting the city’s status as a global cultural capital. Now in its fifth edition, Photo London has established itself as a world-class photography Fair and as a catalyst for London’s dynamic photography community. From the capital’s major museums, to its auction houses, galleries large and small, right into the burgeoning creative communities in the East End and South London, Photo London harnesses the city’s outstanding creative talent and brings together the world’s leading photographers, curators, exhibitors, dealers and the public to celebrate photography, the medium of our time.