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

No Vacancy, Group Exhibition, Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery, Parsons-The New School, New York, NY (2021)

Art 52nd Street, Gallery MC, Online Exhibition, New York, NY (2021)

4 Inches Off the Wall, 25E Gallery, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY (2019)

Tisseurs d’images Photography Festival, Angers, France (2018)

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 (2017)

Chennai Photo Biennale, Chennai, India (2016)

Pondy Photo Festival, Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu, India (2016)

MinD (Made in Dubai) Art Festival, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (2015)

Angkor Photo Festival, Siem Reap, Cambodia (2009)

Art for Gaza, Fundraiser for Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund, Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre, Dubai, UAE (2009)

 

SELECT GRANTS, NOMINATIONS, RESIDENCIES, AWARDS

Artists for Assets, Artist Residency, MASS MoCA, Massachusetts, USA (2022-upcoming)

Artist Talk, Indian Photo Festival, India (2021)

Finalist, UC Berkeley MFA South Asia Art Prize, USA (2020)

Nominee, Prix Pictet Award, France (2019)

Grantee, H. Jayadeva Grant for Photography, India (2019)

Nominee, Umrao Singh Sher-gil Grant for Photography, India (2019)

Panelist, Gender and Pay Gaps in Creative Industries, WeWork, India (2018)

Grantee, International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF), USA (2016)

Selected Participant, Chennai Photo Biennale Workshop, India (2016)

Finalist, Invisible Photographer Asia Street Photography Asia Award (2013)