An emblematic figure of contemporary photography, Karen Knorr belongs to a generation of artists who questioned the nature of photography, no longer considering it as a pure expression of reality, but as a fabricated image.
This exhibition will be an opportunity to rediscover historical works including examples from Gentlemen (1981-83), Country Life (1983-85), Connoisseurs (1986-1990), Academies (1994-2005) and Fables (2003-2008) alongside recent and unpublished works.
An American born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Karen Knorr was raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico in the 1960s and educated in Paris and London. At the University of Westminster, Knorr studied alongside Olivier Richon, Mitra Tabrizian and Mark Lewis, addressing the critical debates concerning the “politics of representation” that emerged during the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Karen Knorr’s work has developed a critical and playful dialogue with photography, using different visual and textual strategies to explore her subject matter, focusing upon themes that range from the family and lifestyle to the animal and its representation in the museum context.
Knorr uses photography to explore western cultural traditions, from the gentlemen’s clubs of Saint James to elegant Palladian country houses, presenting and commenting upon British society. Her work constantly maintains a critical dialogue with conceptual art, visual culture, feminism and animal studies.
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