Another Way of Telling: A Photography Exhibition by Karen Knorr

The Survivors, Deogarh Palace, Deogarh by Karen Knorr

Another Way of Telling: a photography exhibition by Karen Knorr is our second exhibition in 2018 to celebrate the work of women photographers. Knorr’s exhibition features works from two of her series of photographs focusing on Japanese and Indian interiors in temples, shrines and palaces, occupied by animals, bringing folk tales and fables to life in a visually mesmerising manner.

Since 2012 Knorr has been visiting India and Japan to research and reflect on traditions connected to Mughal period palaces in India and Shinto and Buddhist heritage sites in Japan. Her research into structures, colours, textures, nature and local fables have led to these images infused with the intense feelings of past history and sanctified spaces, inhabited, not by people, but by animals reflecting the traditions of storytelling. 

Intoxicated by the Moonlight by Karen Knorr
Intoxicated by the Moonlight by Karen Knorr
Intoxicated by the Moonlight by Karen Knorr

Lions, tigers, peacocks and cranes inhabit and somehow re-animate the rooms they occupy. These creatures, symbolic of legends and myths, lounge in Mughal palaces and stand majestically against distinct Japanese interiors and architecture.  In these works, Knorr recreates a fantastic world where palaces, temples, shrines, ryokans and gardens are dominated by the presence of these animals, bringing myths and legends to life.

Bakhti, the Path of Sants, Shiva temple, Hampi by Karen Knorr
Bakhti, the Path of Sants, Shiva temple, Hampi by Karen Knorr
Bakhti, the Path of Sants, Shiva temple, Hampi by 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. She is currently Professor of Photography at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, Surrey.

Installation view of Another Way of Seeing: A photography exhibition by Karen Knorr
Installation view of Another Way of Seeing: A photography exhibition by Karen Knorr
Installation view of Another Way of Seeing: A photography exhibition by Karen Knorr

Another Way of Telling: a photography exhibition by Karen Knorr is on display at the Fox Talbot Museum in Lacock from Saturday 26 May to Sunday 9 September and is free with normal admission to the property.