As part of KG+, the satellite events of Kyotographie Festival 2018, Karen Knorr presents the exhibition Once only, Only Once at Daitoku-ji’s Obai-in temple Kyoto.
Knorr’s ongoing series entitled Monogatari is a piece inspired by the artist’s reflection of Japan’s cultural heritage and the wabi-sabi aesthetic during her travels through the country in 2012. This work combines photography and byobu-style folding screens printed on rice paper.
Themes include animal life, Japanese cultural heritage, and myths; especially those of animals appearing in the temple and shrine architecture of Tokyo, Nara, and Kyoto, and those featured in the Tale of Genji. Knorr’s work also introduces animals that personify ghosts and supernatural monsters belonging to local folklore. Women wearing kimonos also appear to symbolize the omnipresence of tradition.
More information at http://www.kyotographie.jp/
Obai-in temple, Daitoku-ji
83-1 Murasakino Daitokujicho, Kita, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 603-8231, Japan
April 11, 2018 to May 15, 2018