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For her first solo show at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, American/British photographer Karen Knorr presents a specially curated selection of images that explore ideas of migration and multiculturalism. This exhibition brings together several of the artist’s most powerful series, including the acclaimed body of work India Song.
Known for sumptuous imagery of exotic animals digitally fused into opulent architectural settings, Knorr’s work is as multifaceted and culturally diverse as the artist herself. Born in Frankfurt and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Knorr finished her education in Paris before settling in London, where she currently resides.
Throughout her career, Knorr has used video and photography as a method of critical inquest, employing opulent palaces, temples, museums and monuments of Asia and Western Europe to frame issues of power and class structure rooted in cultural heritage. Rather than focus on the dispossessed, Knorr aims her lens at the privileged class, the comparatively few who are in charge.
Biography of Karen Knorr :
Karen Knorr was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany and was raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico in the 1960s. She finished her education in Paris and London. Karen has taught, exhibited and lectured internationally, including at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, The University of Westminster, Goldsmiths, Harvard and The Art Institute of Chicago. She studied at the University of Westminster in the mid-1970s, exhibiting photography that addressed debates in cultural studies and film theory concerning the ‘politics of representation’ practices which emerged during the late 1970s and early 1980s. She is currently Professor of Photography at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, Surrey.
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