Karen Knorr


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The collection El ojo que ves publishes this volume dedicated to the winner of the V International Photography Prize Pilar Citoler and one of the most interesting European photographers of the present time. With texts by Quentin Bajac, Kathy Kubicki and Alfonso de la Torre.

Karen Knorr's work has generated a deep commitment and fascination for taxidermy, objects and spaces; it is a conceptual practice that continuously and coherently disturbs the institutional gaze. Knorr embraces pluralism and the deconstruction of institutions, to explore language, desire, gender and fantasy. Although these themes dominated the post-structural theoretical landscape of the 1980s and 1990s, Knorr has developed them with originality and strength in his recent work, exposing them to surprising new influences, especially after his trip to India in 2008.

Ritual, ostentation and death are key concepts in Knorr's fascinating work; it is a poetic work, deeply mysterious, joyful and elegant, involving original ideas and concepts and novel production methods. Knorr's vision and the techniques he uses bring her closer to the painter than to the conventional photographer. He shoots with a large format camera, but then spends many hours in his studio producing a single image digitally (later), moving and inserting, editing, enhancing, illuminating and intensifying the color. The keyboard and the screen are his palette and his brush; the final photograph that the viewer sees in the gallery is his canvas. Knorr photography is a creative process that involves a direct and intense encounter with technology, without ruling out traditional photographic techniques. The spaces represented form a nostalgic bond with the past, with rituals and sensibilities in the process of disappearing, with hierarchical values, with royalty and aristocracy as a lost race. They provide a reminder of history, both private and public: many of the museums that Knorr photographs were once the homes of the nobility and aristocracy.

Knorr welcomes spaces of high culture with a touch of the "baroque"; the intense colouring that permeates the surface of the photographic paper produces an excess of aesthetic experience, which is a common feature in Baroque imagery and architecture. The drama of baroque architecture expresses size, power and control. Entrance courtyards, grand stairways and halls reflect an ever-increasing opulence; Knorr is obsessed with these details. His photos are, in addition to an interpretation of the architectural space, an encounter with repeated models, overly decorated interiors and fixed concepts of class and aristocracy. Its content, in which details abound, is strange and unexpected to us; it produces in the spectator a feeling of awe and amazement. This, too, was one of the main objectives of Baroque aesthetics.

This book has been produced with the collaboration of the University of Cordoba, the Delegation of Culture of the City Council of Cordoba, the Provincial Foundation of Plastic Arts Rafael Botí, the Foundation Caja Rural de Cordoba and the Science and Technology Park of Cordoba Rabanales 21.

Karen Knorr

The Factory

17 X 21 cm

240 pages

Language: Spanish-English-French

ISBN : 978-84-9927-105-7

V Pilar Citoler International Photography Award, 2010

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