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 taxidermized 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 series emerged out of an editorial commission for Departures (2015) and is a playful satire on the pursuit of happiness in a very exclusive part of town : Belgravia.
Karen Knorr, an American was born in Frankfurt am Main , Germany and was raised in San Juan Puerto Rico in the 1960s. She finished her education in Paris and London . Karen has taught, and lectured internationally including The University of Westminster, Goldsmiths College, Harvard and The Art Institute of Chicago. Karen Knorr studied at the Umiversity of Westminster, a contemporary of Olivier Richon , Mitra Tabrizian, and Mark Lewis whose photography addressed the critical debates concerning the "politics of representation" practices which emerged during the late 1970's and early 1980's. Karen KnorrÃ¢??s work has developed a critical and playful dialogue with photography using different visual and textual strategies to explore her chosen subject matter that ranges from the family and lifestyle to the animal and its representation in the museum context. Karen Knorr uses photography to explore western cultural traditions from gentlemenÃ¢??s clubs to elegant Palladian country houses; to European museums that present and comment on contemporary society. In her recent series Fables photographs mix analogue and digital photography playfully reconfiguring tales (Ovid, Aesop La Fontaine) with popular culture (Disney and Attenborough) in museums and heritage sites which include Carnavalet Museum, the Museum of Hunt and Nature in Paris, Chambord Castle and the Conde Museum in Chantilly Castle.