Katrin Korfmann grew up in Berlin, but lives and works in Amsterdam since 1995.
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.
Time is an important determinant in her work, made visible through the presentation of different sequential incidents
that have been registered within a given period and location, in one single spatial arrangement.
A frequently recurring element in her photographs and installations is the monochromatic
ground, which she refers to as ‘space zero’. The space zero is a solid-coloured surface,
like a canvas or a backdrop in a photo studio, ready to capture the play that is set
to begin. The vertical perspective often used by Korfmann allows her to create images that are
free from direct references to architecture, specific locations or cultural backgrounds.
In her oeuvre, Korfmann 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, Korfmann 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.
Katrin studied Photography at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and continued her research during her residencies 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.
e.g. Ministry of Finance, Rijksgebouwendienst, Schiphol Airport, University VU MC, AMC, Rijnstate,
Ronald McDonald Centre (Netherlands); Ford (USA);
Stockholm County Council (Sweden).
Portfolio Public Art Commissions
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2014 Chinese European Art Center, Residency, Xiamen, CN
2013 Mondriaan Fund, basic stipend, NL
2012 Rado Star Prize, by Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography, CH
2011 Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, development grant, NL
2010 Fonds BKVB, publication grant, NL
2009 Grafisch Atelier, Residency/Grant, Amsterdam, NL
2005 Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Residency/Grant, DE [cat.]
2004 Fonds BKVB, basic stipend, NL
Vrije Ruimten Zuidas 01, Residency/Grant, NL [cat.]
2003 Prix de Rome (public art, 2nd prize), NL [cat.]
Fonds BKVB, starter stipend, NL
2002 Fonds BKVB, starter stipend, NL
2001 Robert Bosch Foundation, Grant, DE
Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto, Residency, Biella, IT
2000 Mama Cash Award, NL
Würth Foundation, Grant, DE
1999 Esther Kroon Award, NL
2000/2001 Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten,
1996 - 99 Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam (Photography)
1997 / 98 Assistant to Ulay (Uwe F. Laysiepen)
1995 / 96 Kunsthochschule Berlin Weissensee
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Her work is represented in various private and corporate collections e.g.
in the U.S.: C21, Bill and Christy Gautreaux, Twitter
in Germany: Würth Foundation, Alison & Peter W. Klein Collection,
European Patent Office, Robert Bosch Foundation
in The Netherlands: Drake Collection, AMC Art Collection,
Bouwfonds Art Collection of Rabo Real Estate Group,
ING Art Collection, Art Collection Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
VandenBroek Foundation, Plancius Art Collection, Rijnstate art collection,
Fotomuseum The Hague, Carla & Hugo Brown Collection, UMC Utrecht
in Sweden: Collection City of Umeå, Balticgruppen, Stockholm County Council