If I were to live in any other time besides my own, I think it would have been in Victorian India at the time when England ruled the world. Oh, those crazy Brits. The crocodile hunting in the backwaters of Kerala. The elephant rides through Jaipur. The discovery of ancient palaces in Bombay. Yes, I know I’m romanticizing the era, but just go with me.
Tomorrow, James Danziger of Danziger Projects is opening an exhibition of photographs by Karen Knorr, entitled India Song. To tell you that I have been eagerly anticipating this show for months would be an understatement.
Knorr has taken various animals and displayed them in positions of power within the palatial interiors of Northern India. In the photographs, she plays with the visual richness found in the myths and stories of the country, coupled with the exoticism which drew the early pioneers to this mystical land. Each photograph references caste, femininity and its relationship to the animal kingdom while playing with the long tradition of placing animals in art and highlighting the western appreciation of the far east.
This is Karen’s first ever solo show. She has exhibited widely across Europe and India, and now she is singing her song in New York City. Isn’t that where everyone eventually ends up?
India Song opens tomorrow and remains on view through December 23.
Danziger Projects - 527 West 23rd Street, 212-629-6778