I’m an interdisciplinary artist from Mumbai with roots in Goa, India. My work is informed by a decade-long career as a photojournalist rooted in investigating the role of documentary photographs in truth-telling and their relevance as a reliable document of our time. This investigation into the function and responsibility of images informs her sculptural practice. With a focus on the lines bordering or merging our personal and political lives, her practice questions the foundations of socio-political hierarchies through a lens of feminist intersectionality. Karen’s work is concerned with representations of violence, power, conflict, and death in photography and visual culture. Playing with semiotics, emblems, icons and motifs, my work leads the viewer to question their role as a participant, bystander or witness in acts of violence and oppression. Using found objects, everyday materials and image-based processes, my work spans across photography, sculpture and installation. I’m currently based in New York City.

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020 05181046324143141713 (a game), Co-Curator, 25E Gallery, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
2019 4 Inches Off the Wall, 25E Gallery, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
2018 Tisseurs d’images Photography Festival, Angers, France
2017 Unsung, Group Exhibition, Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa, India
2017 Anthropocenic Mindscapes, Angkor Photo Festival, Siem Reap, Cambodia
2017 Behind the Portrait, Gulf Photo Plus, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2016 Chennai Photo Biennale, Chennai, India,
2015 Pondy Photo Festival, Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu, India
2015 MinD (Made in Dubai) Art Festival, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2015 Inside Sajja, Fundraising Exhibition

Organizer and Co-curator, Gulf Photo Plus, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

2009 Angkor Photo Festival, Siem Reap, Cambodia
2009 Art for Gaza, Fundraiser for Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund, Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre (DUCTAC), Dubai, United Arab Emirates

 

SELECTED GRANTS, NOMINATIONS, WORKSHOPS, PANELS

2019 Nominee, Prix Pictet Award, France
2019 Grantee, H. Jayadeva Grant for Photography, India
2019 Nominee, Umrao Singh Sher-gil Grant for Photography, India
2018 Selected Participant, National Geographic Out of Eden Walk Slow Journalism Workshop with Paul Salopek, India
2018 Panelist, Gender and Pay Gaps in Creative Industries, WeWork, India
2016 Grantee, International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF), USA, 2016
2016  Selected Participant, Chennai Photo Biennale Workshop, India,
2013 Finalist, Invisible Photographer Asia Street Photography Asia Award