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Private View: Karen Knorr, Once Only Only Once

20 January — 2:00 pm

Intoxicated by the Moon, © Karen Knorr


Sunday 20 January 2019                 2.00pm

White Conduit Projects
1 White Conduit Street
London N1 9EL

Free. Priority booking for members and their guests.
Booking opens to non-members from 15 January.

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Booking deadline: 12 noon, Friday 18 January

Karen Knorr will be showing in London at White Conduit Projects for the first time standing screens made in Japan this year from her series Monogatari, which she has worked on since 2012. Once Only Only Once was made in Kyoto in 2018 and exhibited in the Daitoku-ji complex in Obai-in temple in April 2018 as free standing Byobu screens made of cedar wood, mulberry, rice paper and silk, and combined with photographs printed on rice paper.

We are delighted to welcome Japan Society members to a special private view of Karen Knorr’s exhibition at White Conduit Projects.

Knorr was invited into Obai-in by artist calligrapher and head priest Tagen Kobayashi. The title evokes a dedication written by Kobayashi upon meeting Karen Knorr during November 2017.

The titles of the photographs allude to Buddhist precepts of peace, harmony and the pursuit of happiness and to a 16th century teamaster Sen-no Rikyu. Ichi-go ichi-e (一期一会) describes a cultural concept of treasuring meetings with people. The term is often translated as “for this time only”, “never again”, or “one chance in a lifetime”. The term reminds people to cherish any gathering that they may take part in, citing the fact that many meetings in life are not repeated. Even when the same group of people can get together again, a particular gathering will never be replicated, and thus, each moment is always once-in-a-lifetime. The concept is most commonly associated with Japanese tea ceremonies’ wabi cha.

Karen Knorr (http://karenknorr.com/) has taught, exhibited and lectured internationally, including at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, The University of Westminster, Goldsmiths, Harvard and The Art Institute of Chicago. She studied at the University of Westminster in the mid-1970s, exhibiting photography that addressed debates in cultural studies and film theory concerning the ‘politics of representation’ practices which emerged during the late 1970s and early 1980s. She is currently Professor of Photography at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, Surrey.

Once Only Only Once follows two previous series with Japanese themes. Since 2012 Knorr has been visiting Japan to reflect on tradition within contemporary Japan referencing Ukiyo-e prints and folktales connected to Shinto and Buddhist heritage sites. Her first series entitled Monogatari, places animals and humans in temple sites found in Nara, Kyoto, Tokyo and Ohara. Her second related series Karyukai is inspired by the Kano’s 36 portraits of poets also referencing bijinga prints of the 17th century. Women photographed by Karen Knorr were asked to compose waka and haiku reflecting on their life and dreams.

To reserve your place, please call the Japan Society office on 020 3075 1996 or email events@japansociety.org.uk or submit the online booking form.

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