Artist Katrin Korfmann’s photographic works, represented worldwide, capture people’s movements with a bird’s-eye view; the grid of everyday life binding its dynamics. Rather than showing a sum of independent persons moving, Korfmann’s new work records people merging into one being. In various places on earth collective rituals are photographed: events sustained by individual euphoria in which colour – or colourful garment – dissolves individuality. The highly aesthetic project reports of social realism and euphoric utopianism, acting in between the global event catalysing a visual surrender and the glocal play catalysing deeper contextual literacy.
The original large-scale photo-prints are processed via horizontal continuations throughout the book, extending across multiple Japanese folded pages to enable close examination of details and still represent the full scale. Each work is anthropologically and phenomenologically introduced as a contemporary event. Inspired by the works, critic and curator Gregory Volk connects references at play while Onomatopee director Freek Lomme speculates about the relations within the playing field.
Katrin Korfmann (1971) is a visual artist.After her studies, art and photography, she has won several international awards. Her work has been exhibited in galleries, museums, and alternative art spaces in the public space. Seen from 1999 Her first book Katrin Korfmann’s an overview of work from 2000 to 2010. Korfmann works primarily with photography and art in public spaces formed by photographic concepts. She focuses on the seemingly ordinary and observe situations in everyday life; by loose fragments as complete frames to fit together to form a single image, a fictional world. This experimental process, they create an illusion of movement and elaborate setting. Korfmann proposes posing versus acting on the jaw, observing versus being the object of attention. From this position they often puts seemingly irreconcilable situations stuck in her images, where a lack of control leads to surprise.
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