India Song by Karen Knorr HonFRPS at Photo London 2019

04 April 2019

SIG: Women in Photography

Our Honorary Chair, Karen Knorr HonFRPS, will be presenting solo from her seminal photographic series India Song with Sundaram Tagore gallery at Photo London 2019. The series began with a 2008 road trip of more than 2000 kilometres across northern India. India Song celebrates the rich visual culture, foundation myths and stories of India, focusing on Rajasthan, using sacred and secular sites to consider caste, femininity and their relationship to the animal world. The work is influenced by surrealism and the magic realism of Latin America.

Wild animals of India found in sanctuaries, zoos and cities are photographed, then inserted digitally into interiors of palaces, mausoleums, temples and holy sites, interrogating Indian cultural heritage and societal rigid hierarchies. The photographs are painstakingly retouched with photographic images of live animals and interiors digitally combined fusing two worlds - nature and culture - in order to reflect on the fragility of both in the anthropocene. Cranes, zebus, langurs, tigers and elephants mutate from princely pets to avatars of past feminine historic characters, blurring boundaries between reality and illusion and reinventing the Panchatantra for the 21st century.

Photo London, Somerset House from Thursday 16–Sunday 19 May 2019 at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Booth G20. VIP Preview Day: Wednesday 15 May

About Sundaram Tagore Gallery

Established in 2000, Sundaram Tagore Gallery is devoted to examining the exchange of ideas between Western and non-Western cultures. They focus on developing exhibitions and hosting not-for-profit events that encourage spiritual, social and aesthetic dialogues. 

About Photo London

Photo London was created to give London an international photography event befitting the city’s status as a global cultural capital. Now in its fifth edition, Photo London has established itself as a world-class photography fair and as a catalyst for London’s dynamic photography community. 

Image: © Karen Knorr - The Opium Smoker, Chitrasala, Bundi Palace, Bundi