Cobra ultrachrome print size: 120 x 173 cm 68"x 47" year: 2012
In Cobra the technical and visual conventions which Katrin
Korfmann brings into play are readressed through a visual as well as
conceptual premise, by shifting the documentary and narrative aspects of
photography and, in so doing, questioning its role as a witness of
What at first sight seems to be a precisely painted abstract image turns out upon closer scrutinity to be an ice skating ring photographed from above. What looked like paint strokes turn out to be scratches and piles of snow which are formed by the tracks that skaters have left behind. The title of the work refers
to the CoBrA movement and the visual language associated with those
artists as well as to the actual cobra snake, which underlines this challenging multi layered readability in the image.