The photographic practice of Karen Knorr

Kubicki, Kathy (2012) The photographic practice of Karen Knorr. In: UNSPECIFIED, (ed.) Karen Knorr. Madrid, Spain : La Fabrica. ISBN 9788415303664


The essay explores the work of photographer Karen Knorr that has developed intellectually and aesthetically since the mid 1980’s. Following an initial practice relating to social documentary, Knorr discovered an increasing fascination with taxidermy, objects and spaces, and a conceptual practice that disrupts the institutional gaze. Knorr’s practice embraces pluralism and the deconstruction of institutions, language, desire and fantasy ideas from the post structural theoretical landscape of the 1980’s and 90’s. Knorr’s recent work uses space in a formalist way, but also acknowledges the natural world. Simultaneously, Knorr subverts ideas surrounding the museum; ritual, display and death.

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