HARDCOVER 80 PAGES 32 COLOUR ILLUSTRATIONS ESSAY BY NIRATI AGARWAL 8.25 × 10.75 IN (210 × 270 MM)
Knorr began the award winning India Song series in 2008, after what she describes as a life-changing trip to India. The work takes inspiration from Indian mythology, exploring both cultural heritage and wildlife, referencing the western appreciation/appropriation of eastern culture and form, and the Indian tradition of representing and personifying animals in literature and art.
Influenced by several traditions, from the Panchatantra to the miniature paintings of the Mughal court, these photographs depict scenarios that are at once otherworldly and surreal; the animals here are intruders, and their presence playfully subverts the cultural space. Posing questions about heritage, colonialism, exoticism, cultural appropriation and communalism, the photographs in this publication are visual feasts, packed with intricate detail.
The publication also includes an original text by Nirati Agarwal on the work, that enables a deeper understanding and appreciation of its complexity. Karen Knorr is one of the most renowned contemporary photographers working today. She has taught, exhibited, and lectured internationally, at the Tate Modern, Goldsmiths, Harvard, and the Pompidou Centre. Knorr’s work is held in over 30 collections across the world, including The Victoria & Albert Museum and the Tate in London; and The San Francisco Museum of Art, USA.