ultrachrome print size: 120 x 173 cm, each year: 2012
A project that highlights the visual report
between social realism and euphoric utopianism referencing the visual and
material facilitation of socially unifying rituals.
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.