Korfmann grew up in Berlin, Germany and lives and works in Amsterdam, The
Netherlands. She studied at the Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, where she
specialised in photography and continued her research with residencies at the
Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, Cittadellarte in Biella and the Chinese European
Art Centre in Xiamen, China.
her background in photography, Katrin Korfmann’s work in various media – photo
works, videos and installations – is concerned with concepts of framing, perspective,
and the social dimensions of perception, such as the relationship between the
observer and the observed.
important determinant in her work is time, made visible through the
presentation of different sequential incidents that have been registered within
a given period and location, in one single spatial arrangement. The issue
of responsibility for the existence of an image, the choice of the right moment
and the framing that determines an image also play an important role in her
work may be characterised by a formal level of composition, structure and
spatiotemporal experience, that is aimed at the registration and investigation
of social constructions and behaviour in public space.
late 1990s her work has been exhibited internationally in galleries, museums,
alternative art institutions and public spaces. Her work is represented in
numerous private and public international collections.
several prizes for her work, including Radostar Prize (CH), Prix de Rome
(2nd prize) and the Esther Kroon Award (NL) and received grants from
international institutions like Robert Bosch and Würth Foundation, Akademie der Künste
Berlin (DE) and Mondriaan Fund (NL).
to her artistic practice she is a tutor at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague;
advisor for the Dutch Mondriaan Fund and board Member of the Foundation
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