American photographer Karen Knorr’s last series if composed of constructed animal scenarios taken in both Europe and India. Shot between 2003 and 2016 in various European museums and stately homes and in Indian palaces and temples, these images explores the disjunction between nature and culture, bringing the historical tradition of picturing animals squarely into the 21st century.
In both series Knorr playfully combines technologies and genres, mixing digital and analogue, architectural and nature photography. Working in a predominantly digital format, images of interiors are combined with animal figures photographed separately and then inserted into the environment of the artist’s choice. The boundaries of the real are thus challenged both by this hybrid process and also by the incongruity of the scenes. This ambiguity goes to the heart of Knorr’s work and gives her images their force.
As the photographer points out, the usual aim of fables is to teach a lesson by drawing attention to animal behavior and its relationship to human actions and shortcomings. Animals in fables speak metaphorically of human folly, criticizing human nature. Yet in Knorr’s universe, the animals are neither dressed up to resemble humans nor do they illustrate any explicit moral. Liberated from narrative constraints, they roam freely in human territory, drawing attention to the unbridged gap between nature and culture. They encroach into the domain of museums and palaces, showing us the incommensurable distance between two worlds: raw nature on the one hand and on the other the cultural site which allows nature entry only in the form of a representation.
Karen Knorr, Europe and India
April 13 – May 25
95 Rivington St
New York, NY 10002
ExhibitionKaren Knorr, Europe and India
EventKaren Knorr, The Lanesborough
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 fu...
EventMoscow PhotoBiennale 2016 : Karen Knorr
The Multimedia Art Museum of Moscow presents as part of the 11th International Month of Photography in Moscow PHOTOBIENNALE 2016, British style. 1970s–1980s an exhibition by British photographer Karen Knorr curated by Olga Sviblova.
BooksKaren Knorr : Belgravia
Karen Knorr’s Belgravia describes through images and accompanying quotes, class and power amongst the international and wealthy during the beginning of Thatcherism in London.
ExhibitionKaren Knorr : Monogatari
ExhibitionIndia Song – Karen Knorr
Art Motif Gallery F 213 C Lado Sarai 110030 New Delhi
ExhibitionFables, Karen Knorr et la collection photographique du Musée
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Maison de la photographie113 rue du Général Leclerc83000 Toulon