Katrin Korfmann studied Photography at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and continued her research during her residency at the Rijksakademie, both in Amsterdam. Since the late 1990s her work has been exhibited internationally in galleries, museums, alternative art and public spaces. In addition to a practice as a visual artist, she is a senior lecturer at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and advisor for different cultural institutions e.g. Mondriaan Fund, Pictoright and Creative Industries Fund.
Her work includes photography and installations in public space that reveal a new perspective on social dynamics. Strongly aesthetic, her photographic images present an abstract of human interaction bound by the grid of everyday life. By capturing people in motion, she forms a new perspective on busy urban settings as portraits of contemporary transitions and creates a tension between stillness and movement in public spaces.
In her oeuvre, Katrin incorporates a critical attitude towards the world around her, explicitly with regards to contemporary visual culture. In her research she investigates a multitude of images, their historical and current manifestations and the resulting social and visual effects. She places her world of experience outside of herself, abstracting it and playing with it to get a different “view” on it. By simultaneously zooming in and out, she creates a suggestion of distance and proximity at the same time and depicts mysterious realities, which neither the eye, nor the artist’s camera could have grasped. Her images are both: an interpretation of her experience and of collective social memory. JuryKatrin Korfmann