INTERVIEW: KAREN KNORR
Interviews conducted during the 4TH EDITION INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE SURFACE: PHOTOGRAPHY AND ARCHITECTURE, CROSSING BORDERS SHIFTING BOUNDARIES. FAUP. September 2016
Other interviewed authors:
Anna Fox | Karen Knorr| Marco Iuliano | Paolo Rosselli | Philipp Schaerer | Pedro Bandeira | Ângela Ferreira | Carlos Lobo | José Pedro Cortes | Lara Jacinto | Mariela Apollonio | Olívia da Silva | Walter Costa
The interviews offer us a space for exploration and reflection about our time and the world of architecture and photography as document or art, and they constitute an exceptional and rich account of thirteen authors and their experiences and ideas. These authors have agreed to talk about themselves and their work.
Karen Knorr (b. Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 1954) explored themes that ranged from investigating the aspirations and lifestyles of a privileged minority living in one of the most affluent parts of London, Belgravia, 1979-1981, to work in India India Song, (2008-15) and work in Japan Monogatari ( 2012- 2015) work that highlighted the role of animals and their representations within art and architecture. Her photography developed a critical and playful dialogue with documentary photography using different visual and textual strategies to explore her chosen subject matter - these range from the family and lifestyle to the animal and its representation in the museum context. Knorr’s work has been exhibited worldwide and is held in both private and public collections. including Tate, London and Georges Pompidou, Paris. Her work has been published in several monographs including Punks, 2013, India Song 2014 and Belgravia. She is working on a new book with Stanley Barker on her black and white series Gentlemen due out this November in time for Paris Photo 2016. 2015 . She is a Professor of Photography at the University for Creative Arts in Farnham, Surrey.
At her session "The Poetics of Space/ Transcultural Migrations", Karen Knorr delievers a talk on her photographic career and recent projects using architectural space as a setting with a focus on hybridity and syncretism. Focusing on her analogue work image and text series Belgravia (1979-1981) and Gentlemen (1981-1983) recent digital photographic series India Song( 2008- 2015) . Karen Knorr explores notions history and memory in her work highlighting the importance of site, space and architecture. This interview offers us what kind of idea she has about the conceptual documentary photography and its research.
This interview Clip was edited from the original interview conducted during the 4TH EDITION INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE SURFACE: PHOTOGRAPHY AND ARCHITECTURE, CROSSING BORDERS SHIFTING BOUNDARIES FAUP September 2016
More info about the conference here: http://nasuperficie.ccre-online.com and in Scopio Editons publications see also Sobre a superfície: Espaço público e imagens arquitetônicas em Debate
Pedro Leão Neto (CCRE - CEAU – FAUP / scopio Editions)
Interviewer: Olivia Da Silva
Video and Editing of original interview: ESMAD/P.Porto
Interview clip and online Edition in scopio Network: Jiôn Kiim (scopio Editions) Sandra Teixeira (scopio Editions)