Photography Series: Karolin Klüppel

Q. Sakamaki at the Half King
Karolin Klüppel / Mädchenland

           Opening night talk Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Mädchenland, meaning Kingdom of Girls, opens as Half King Photo Series #33. Mädchenland is the result of photographer Karolin Klüppel's extended stay with the Khasi, a matrilineal people who live in northeast India. Klüppel's lively photos celebrate girls at play in one Khasi village, Mawlynnong. Her take on these girls is more provocative portraiture than documentary, amounting to a formal exploration of the future leaders of the tribe. With the Khasi, all business and culture is managed by wives and mothers, Inheritance follows female lines, and marriage roles and customs are driven by wives and entirely promote daughters. On opening night, Klüppel will talk with us about the experience of living with the Khasi for nine months, absorbing a culture that holds high expectations for its girls to eventually take charge.

The opening will feature a slideshow and discussion with Karolin, led by Anna Van Lenten, curator of The Half King Photography Series.
Based in Berlin, Karolin Klüppel’s work focuses on gender relations and matrilineal or matriarchal societies. She studied at the School of Art and Design in Kassel and at the Faculdade de Belas Artes in Lisbon, and holds an MFA in photography. Recent exhibits include the Voices Off festival in Arles (2012) and Festival Circulation(s) in Paris (2015). Mädchenland’s awards include the Canon Profifoto Award (2014) and the Bourse du Talent #62 Portrait Award. Klüppel’s work has been published in The New York Times, The Independent, The Huffington Post, and The Washington Post, among others.

The Half King Photography Series is dedicated to showing exceptional photography. In tandem with its reading series, The Half King fosters a dialog between photographers and writers that underscores the importance of their unique relationship. Co-curating its photography series are James Price, Assignments Editor at Getty Reportage, and Anna Van Lenten, writer and editor.

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