Katrin Korfmann's work is on the cutting edge of photography, film, and installation. In her work, she creates tension between stillness and movement. Korfmann is attracted to the spectacles of everyday life that usually take place in public space. By capturing people in motion, she forms a new perspective on busy urban settings as portraits of contemporary transitions.
Korfmann incorporates a critical attitude towards the world around her, explicitly regarding to contemporary visual culture. Using a multitude of images taken by herself, she investigates their historical, social and visual effects. She abstracts and plays with her subject 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 Korfmann grew up in Berlin, but lives and works in Amsterdam since 1995.
She studied Photography at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and continued her research during her residencies at the Rijksakademie, both in Amsterdam, Cittadellarte Biella, Akademie der Künste Berlin and the Chinese European Art Centre in Xiamen, China. She won several prizes for her work, including the Radostar Prize (CH), Prix de Rome (2nd prize) and the Esther Kroon Award (NL), and received grants from international institutions like the Robert Bosch Foundation, Würth Foundation and Mondriaan Fund (NL). Since the late 1990s her work has been exhibited internationally in galleries, museums, alternative art, and public spaces. In addition to her practice as a visual artist, she is a senior lecturer and researcher 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).
Her work is represented in various private and corporate collections e.g.
in the U.S.: C21, Bill and Christy Gautreaux, Fidelity, Twitter.
In Germany: Würth Foundation, Alison & Peter W. Klein Collection,
European Patent Office, Robert Bosch Foundation.
In The Netherlands: Drake Collection, AMC Art Collection,
Akzo Nobel Art Foundation, 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
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2020 Mondriaan Fund, Stipend for established artists, NL
2019 Best Dutch Book Designs, NL
2018 Hartenfonds, NL
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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Portfolio Public Art Commissions
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