This is Britain: Photographs from the 1970s and 1980s
National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
Closing 11 June 2023
Britain experienced profound changes in the 1970s and 1980s, when it was racked by deindustrialization, urban uprisings, the controversial policies of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Photography became a central form of creative expression during this period, supported and disseminated through new schools, galleries, artists’ collectives, magazines, and government funding.
This Is Britain brings together the work of a generation of photographers who were commenting on the deep unrest of these pivotal decades. Vanley Burke, Pogus Caesar, Anna Fox, Paul Graham, Sunil Gupta, Chris Killip, Karen Knorr, Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, Martin Parr, and others pictured communities, traditions, and landscapes affected by Britain’s shifting social and economic realities. Together, they photographed a nation redefining what it meant to be British and, ultimately, modern.
The exhibition includes four works from Karen Knorr’s Gentlemen (1981–1983) and Country Life (1983–1985) which are part of the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.
Closing 10 July 2023: Language of the Liminal at Ramat Gan Museum of Israeli Art
Three of Karen Knorr’s works from Academies (1994–2005) are on view as part of a group exhibition curated by Adiya Porat and Revital Silverman Grün which examines the museum as a physical and mental transitional space, exploring the changes to the viewers’ consciousness and experience as they move from the habitual sphere of everyday reality into the museum space.