February – A talk for London Independent Photography

Karen Knorr
London Metropolitan University
Thursday 27 February
6:30 for 7pm prompt

Karen Knorr (featured in the current BJP and exhibiting in a new exhibition on Masculinity at the Barbican) Her most well known work called Gentlemen (1981-1983) was photographed in Saint James’s clubs in London and investigated the patriarchal conservative values of Britain during the Falklands war. Karen ’s work developed a critical and playful dialogue with documentary photography using different visual and textual strategies to explore her chosen subject matter that ranges from the family and lifestyle to the animal and its representation in the museum context. Since 2012 Knorr has been visiting Japan to reflect on tradition within contemporary Japan referencing Ukiyo-e prints and folktales connected to Shinto and Buddhist heritage sites. Her first series entitled Monagatari, places animals and humans in temple sites found in Nara, Kyoto, Tokyo and Ohara. Her second related series  Karyukai is inspired by the Kano’s  36 portraits of poets also  referencing “bijinga” prints  of the 17th century. Women photographed by Karen Knorr were asked to compose waka and haiku reflecting on  their life  and dreams. Future projects are now developing in Italy, India, Japan and USA.