Once only, Only once ©Karen Knorr

Undertaken in Daitoku-ji’s Obai-in temple, this work is part of Knorr’s ongoing series titled “Monogatari,” a piece inspired by the artist’s reflection of Japan’s cultural heritage and the wabi-sabi aesthetic (a Japanese sense of beauty that emphasizes simplicity and imperfection) 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.

Daitoku-ji Obai-in
83-1, Daitokuji-cho, Murasakino, Kita-ku, Kyoto

2018/04/11 – 05/11 10:00-16:00
Open everyday
特別拝観期間中につき:大人600円 高校生400円 中学生300円 小学生以下無料(保護者同伴)

Opening Reception
4/12 13:30-16:00
Entrance Fee: ¥300
To meet the artist over a drink, Please RSVP to kyoto@whiteconduitprojects.uk

Grants: Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Partnership: University of Creative Arts (UCA)

カレン・ノール Karen Knorr karenknorr.com
Born in 1954 Frankfurt, Germany; based in London