Katrin Korfmann is an artist working on the cutting edge of photography, post photography and installation art. Attracted to the spectacles of everyday life, which often occur in the public space, she captures people in metropolitan motion. A tension emerges as her work oscillates between stillness and movement, creating a fresh perspective on busy urban settings as portraits of contemporary transitions.
With a critical and playful attitude towards the world around her, and explicitly in relation to contemporary visual culture, Korfmann uses a myriad of self-photographed images to investigate their historical, social and visual context. A simultaneous sense of distance and proximity arises as she depicts realities that neither the artist’s eye nor the camera could ever have grasped. Her images are both an interpretation of her experience and of collective social memory.
Katrin Korfmann grew up in Berlin, and has lived and worked in Amsterdam since 1995. She studied Photography at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie before continuing her research at the Rijksakademie, both in Amsterdam, Cittadellarte Biella in Italy, Akademie der Künste Berlin Germany, and the Chinese European Art Centre in Xiamen, China. Her work has been awarded numerous prizes, including the Prix de Rome (2nd), Mama Cash Award and the Esther Kroon Award (NL), Bieler Fototage Prize (CH) and has received various grants from international institutions such as the Robert Bosch Foundation, Würth Foundation (DE) and Mondriaan Fund (NL).
Korfmann is a senior tutor at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague since 2010, where she currently teaches Image in the BA programme Graphic Design and Post Photography in the MA programme Non Linear Narrative. In addition to being a research fellow at KABK Research Group 2020-22, Korfmann has lectured as a guest tutor at MFA Fine Arts Otis in Los Angeles, Master Performing Public Space Fontys Tilburg, Elisava Barcelona and the University of Art Kassel and Bremen, amongst others.