Archival pigment print on Canson, Infinity Platine, Fibre Rag 310g paper
12 x 16 inches (30.5 x 40.6 centimeters)
Edition of 50
© Karen Russo, 2020.
"Untitled” (2020) forms part of Russo’s recent project TET-Stadt. In a film, a series of charcoal drawings, and photographs, Russo explores the unrealised plan for a Neo-Egyptian civic paradise to be built outside Hannover, commissioned by the German biscuit manufacturer Bahlsen in 1917. Russo’s work performs a kind of archaeology of cultural fragments, illuminating how notions of civilization and cultural genealogy seek to find concrete expression in the built environment. Karen Russo (b. 1974) lives in London and studied at the Bezalel Academy of Art & Design, Jerusalem. Russo’s work uses document and narrative in an exploration of how knowledge, perception, and culture intertwine the rational with the obscure. By tracing marginalized practices and esoteric forms of knowledge through film, drawings, writing and photographs, she addresses the legacy of transgressive means for understanding the unseen and the unknown.
Russo’s work has been exhibited internationally including: Tate Modern, Barbican Centre, Hayward Gallery Project Space, V&A Museum, 176, Delfina, Paradise Row Gallery, London, Busan biennial, Montevideo, Amsterdam, Große Kunstschau Museum, Worpswede, Haus der Kulturen Der Welt: HKW, Berlin, Krefeld Museum, Krefeld, Arquebuse Gallery, Geneva, the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, Tel-Aviv.
A recent monograph about her work – “Karen Russo: Haus Atlantis” was published in Germany in 2019. Her work is held in public and private collections including the Arts Council Collection, UK, the Tel-Aviv Museum, Tel-Aviv and Zabludowicz Collection, UK, among many others.