Katrin Korfmann grew up in Berlin, Germany and lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She studied at Kunsthochschule Berlin and Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, where she specialized in photography. She continued her studies with residencies at Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, Cittadellarte in Biella and Akademie der Künste in Berlin. She won several prizes for her work, including Radostar Prize (CH) in 2012, Prix de Rome (NL) in 2003 (category of Art in Public Space 2nd), Mama Cash Award (NL) in 2000 and Esther Kroon Award (NL) in 1999.
Since the late nineties she exhibited her work in The Netherlands and abroad in galleries, museums, alternative art institutions and public spaces among others at OFOTO Shanghai, China; Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, US; International Biennale of Young Art Torino, Italy; GEM Museum for contemporary art, The Hague; Museu Abellò, Mollet des Valles en Fundación COFF, San Sebastián, Spain; Frankfurter Kunstverein en Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany.
Korfmann received grants from both German-based Würth and Robert Bosch Foundations, as well as from Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design & Architecture and Mondriaan Foundation.
Numerous works are represented in private and public collections such as: Art Collection Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NL), Würth Foundation (D), Bouwfonds Art Collection of Rabo Real Estate Group (NL), ING Art Collection (NL), Aegon Art Collection (NL), European Patent Office (NL), Robert Bosch Foundation (D), ARTIUM Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, Vitoria-Gasteiz (E) and many others.
Additionally she is a tutor at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague and an advisor for the Dutch Mondriaan Fund.
Stemming from her background in photography,
Katrin Korfmann’s works in various media – photo works, videos and installations – are concerned with photographic concepts of framing, perspective, and the social dimensions of perception, such as the relationship between the observer and the observed, the effect of the camera on behavior and the social codes of looking in public environment. An important determinant in her work is time, which is made visible by presenting different sequential incidents which have been registered within a given period and location in a singular spatial arrangement. The issue of the responsibility for the existence of an image, the choice for the right moment and the framing which determines an image also plays an important role in her work. Korfmann’s work can be characterized by a formal level of composition, structure and spatio-temporal experience, which is aimed at the registration and investigation of social constructions and behavior in public space.