The Clarence John Laughlin Award 2020 Grantee Kristina Knipe Kristina Knipe

My story is intertwined with those I photograph- we cohabit spaces and experiences within a community of artists, activists, and healers. I am interested in how objects, symbols, and spaces function as markers of identity. In New Orleans the altars, masquerades, and decadences create a visual and material excess that heals as it depletes. I collaborate with my sitters to create images that reflect shared stories.

Kristina Knipe is a New Orleans based artist and educator who makes photographs, videos, books, and installations. Through a variety of approaches, her work examines how objects, symbols, spaces and the body function as markers of identity. She considers art making a healing practice, which can catalyze healing with others. Kristina earned her BFA at NYU Tisch School of the Arts in 2012 and her MFA from Tulane University in 2016. Her work has been exhibited in the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, The Contemporary Art Center of New Orleans, SF Camera Work, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, and numerous artist-run collective spaces in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a member of Only Connect Collective and Staple Goods Collective.

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Juror's Statement

Looking at her prints, I immediately recognized the tension between the raw emotional power of her work and the painstaking care she took to set up her shots. It occurred to me that they are more than just portraits, but still lifes. My eyes rejoiced in Knipe’s glorious color palette and my mind raced to make connections between the images themselves and between the images and other works of art. Some possible antecedents include the lush paintings of the members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, especially Ophelia (about 1851) by John Everett Millais, and color photographs that monumentalize the quotidian by William Eggleston. It is clear that Knipe loves her subjects and her community.

Trusting in her inner compass and unafraid to share her point of view, Knipe creates beauty, inspires curiosity, and fosters understanding out of the messy stuff of life.

- Paul Martineau
Associate Curator
Department of Photographs
The J. Paul Getty Museum

Congratulations to all of the Finalists in the 2020 The Clarence John Laughlin Award