About me

The unknown—in its scientific, metaphysical, and historical varieties—is central to my investigations as an artist. I’m interested in the dividing line between what is accepted as the legitimate expression of culture and civilized existence, and what falls outside of it, is excluded, expelled or repressed.

My work blurs document and narrative in an exploration of how knowledge, perception, and culture intertwine the rational with the obscure. By tracing marginalized practices, obscure phenomena, and esoteric forms of knowledge through film installations, drawings, writing and photographs, I address the legacy of transgressive means for understanding the unseen and the unknown.

Short bio

Karen Russo (b. 1974) is an Israeli-born artist living and working in London.

She has exhibited in such venues as the Barbican, Hayward Gallery Project Space, V&A Museum, Tate Modern, 176, Delfina and Paradise Row in London, Busan biennial in Korea, Montevideo in Amsterdam, Grosse Kunstschau, Haus der Kulturen Der Welt: HKW and Krefeld Museum in Germany, Arquebuse in Geneva, the Israel Museum, the Center for Contemporary Art and Tel Aviv Museum in Israel.

Recent awards and grants include: Arts Council England 2016, Artis Contemporary 2015, Ostrovsky Family Fund for Experimental Cinema 2015, Arts Council International Development Fund 2015, Cinema South Festival 2014, the Minister of Culture prize, Israel 2012, Center for Contemporary Art Fund for Video & Experimental Cinema, Tel-Aviv 2011, Outset Contemporary Art Fund 2010, British Council 2010, Arts Council England 2009, Jerusalem Film Festival 2007 and Givon Prize (Tel-Aviv Museum) 2002.