The Judicial Complex Zaanstad,
the Netherlands is completed, the largest and most modern Penitentiary
in the Netherlands.
Commissioned by PI2 and supervised by Rijksvastgoedbedrijf and TAAK,
five art projects for the new high tech building were realized.
Katrin Korfmann created a new series of photographic works for four visitor’s areas. For each artwork she photographed a different square in Amsterdam straight from above. From those images she composed wall filling backlit glass panels. The squares can be recognized by their pavement, as well as by the typology of the passengers at the spot. E.g. tourists at “De Dam” dress and act differently from residents at "Anton de Kom Square" and one immediately recognizes the wealthy cultural retiree on "Museum Square".
The ethnographic gaze motivates
to look longer, while Korfmann's photographic variation gives ample
opportunity for that. In the same image, a dove can
freeze in her flight and playing children create blurred movement.
The building's visitors spaces have no windows to the outside. There are long tables with chairs on both sides, one side for the visitors, on the other side the offenders and guards. Katrin Korfmann's work enhances the spirit of the space. It provides something new to discover during a difficult visitors' hour.
An expert meeting about prison and criminal justice will be held at Tollhuistuin Amsterdam on September 27, 2016. Connoisseurs of prison systems, criminal law and architecture will discuss with the artists.Click here for more information