Once Only Only One | Karen Knorr | Latest Works from Kyoto

18 Jan 2019 – 22 Feb 2019

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White Conduit Projects

London, United Kingdom


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Karen Knorr shows “Once Only Only Once” 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 this year 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. These traditional screens were made by Heiando, in Kyoto  in collaboration with Karen Knorr.  The photographs are transformed into one off unique hand made  objects with the aid of Japanese master craft technique.

The titles of the photographs allude to Buddhist precepts of peace, harmony and the pursuit of happiness and to a 16th century tea master Sen-no Rikyu. "Ichi-go ichi-e" describes a cultural concept of treasuring meetings with people. The term is translated as "never again" or "one chance in a lifetime". The term reminds people to cherish any gathering that they may take part in, reminding us  that many meetings in life are not repeated, each moment is always once-in-a-lifetime. This concept is most commonly associated with the Japanese tea ceremony 


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