Karen Dias

www.karendias.studio

Artist Bio

Originally from Mumbai with roots in Goa, India, Karen Dias is an interdisciplinary artist who works across sculpture, photography and installation. Karen’s work has been exhibited at the Serendipity Arts Festival in Goa, India, Tissuers d’Images Festival in Angers, France, Chennai Photo Biennale in Chennai, India and Angkor Photo Festival in Siem Reap, Cambodia among others. She currently lives in New York City.

Email: karend13@gmail.com                      Instagram: @diastopia

A proactive society finds ways to protect itself in the face of state-sponsored violence in times of state-manufactured unrest at a location as near or as far away from you as you can imagine. But what if it didn’t need to, 2020

Mixed-media installation
Wooden shelves, metal shelf brackets, bottle of water, bottle of milk, bottle of Coca Cola, bottle of cooking vegetable oil, red onion, lemon, medical mask, rubber gloves, smart phone, medical gauze, stones, book: "Anarchism and Other Essays" by Emma Goldman
Dimensions variable

Searching For, 2021

UV-printed rice paper, steel frame
10 x 4'

Searching For Still, 2021

Detail

Searching For Detail, 2021

Detail

We Watch From The Margins, 2020

Dried red chillies, steel wire
1.5 x 2.5 x 8'

We Watch From The Margins, 2020

Detail

A Red Line Under a Blue Sky, 2021

Razor Blades

Approx. 8'

(Dimensions Variable)


A Red Line Under a Blue Sky, 2021

Detail

Artist Statement

Karen’s recent work is informed by a decade-long career as a photojournalist, investigating the role that documentary photographs play 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 with 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, her 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, her work spans across photography, sculpture and installation. Her work examines the way state violence can manifest itself in our personal, social and political lives.