Britain-based photographer Karen Knorr is exhibiting works from two of her series, Fables (2003-2008) and India Song (2008-2010), in a show titled Transmigrations in Bangalore.
The juxtaposition of animals, mostly wild, in locations where they don’t belong is the thread that connects the two series. “I photograph with an analogue camera and scan the negatives to very high resolution and then insert animals photographed with a high-resolution digital camera using Photoshop,” she says.
In Knorr’s Fables, her website explains, animals roam freely in human territory, drawing attenton to the unbridged gap between nature and culture. They encroach into the domain of the museum and other cultural sanctuaries which forbid their entry.
During her travels in India, Knorr worked on images she titled India Song. The series includes pictures of architecture in Rajasthan, with animals inserted into the sites. She uses “sacred and secular sites to consider caste, femininity and its relationship to the animal world”.
“These beautiful palaces and mansions are powerful in how they show social inequality in their structures such as the zanana and mardana areas but also the Durbar Hall, which women could view from behind screens,” says Knorr.
“We can take nothing for granted and need to find a way of being more inclusive and respectful of nature like the Bishnoi tribe who protect their environment and animals, as a part of their culture,” adds Knorr, who first came to India in 2008 and travelled mostly across Rajasthan for images of architecture.
While her other architectural images are from around the world, the images of animals have come mostly from zoos and wildlife reserves in Madrid, Miami, Paris and India.
Transmigrations will show from 9 October-30 November at Sua House, 26/1, Kasturba Cross Road, Bangalore.