Lanesborough (2015) The Lanesborough (once a hospital closed in the 1990’s) is one of the most expensive hotels in the world where the wealthy 1% strive to live the celebrity lifestyle . Rooms come with butlers and the hotel is a themed fantasy palace where the special few can find happiness and fulfil all their desires of a perfect weekend in London.The animals here are undressed to kill and are all very willing subjects for Knorr’s camera. They pose, fly, flaunt their jewelry and royal connections who live down Buckingham Palace Road .This work emerged out of an editorial commission for Departures (2015) and is a playful satire on being rich and happy in a very exclusive part of town : Belgravia.
Karen Knorr (USA / UK) was born in Germany and grew up in San jJuan Puerto Rico in the 1960’s. She is Professor of Photography at the University for the Creative Arts since 2010. She lives and works in London, U.K. Karen Knorr’s photography explores cultural heritage and its ideological underpinings. Questions concerning post colonialism and its relationship to aesthetics have permeated her photographic work since the 1980’s. Her recent work India Song researched the stories and myths of India photographing animals and placing them in temples and palaces across heritage sites in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharastra blurring boundaries between reality and illusion. Most recently in Japan, she is researching the "wabi sabi " aesthetic and foundation myths in Shinto and Buddhist visual culture. Karen Knorr won the V International Photography Pilar Citoler Prize in 2011. She has been nominated for the Deutsche Börse in 2011 and 2012 and Prix Pictet in 2012. Karen Knorr's work is included in collections worldwide including Tate ,Pompidou,SFMOMA, MFAH