Katrin Korfmann


Katrin Korfmann is an artist, photographer, adviser, and teacher at the Bachelor Graphic Design department of the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK).

Her work incorporates a critical attitude towards the world around her, explicitly with regard to contemporary visual culture. Using a multitude of images taken by herself, she investigates their historical, social and visual effects. Korfmann creates a suggestion of distance and proximity at the same time and depicts realities, which neither the eye, nor the artist’s camera could have grasped. Her images are both an interpretation of her experience and of collective social memory.

Korfmann grew up in Berlin but has lived and worked in Amsterdam since 1995. She studied Photography at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and continued her research during her residencies at the Rijksakademie, both in Amsterdam, Cittadellarte Biella, Akademie der Künste Berlin, and the Chinese European Art Centre in Xiamen, China.

She has won several prizes for her work, including the Radostar Prize (CH), Prix de Rome (2nd prize), Mama Cash Award (NL) and the Esther Kroon Award (NL) and received grants from international institutions like the Robert Bosch Foundation, Würth Foundation and Mondriaan Fund (NL). Since the late 1990s her work has been exhibited internationally in galleries, museums, alternative art, and public spaces, including Photography Museum Rotterdam, GEM Museum of Contemporary Art, The Hague (NL); Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas; Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles; Aperture New York (US); Three Shadows Art Centre and CEAC, Xiamen, OFOTO, Shanghai, (CN); Azad Gallery, Tehran, (IR), Akademie der Künste, Berlin; Frankfurter Kunstverein, DE and many others.

Katrin realized commissions for e.g. Ministry of Finance, Rijksgebouwendienst, Schiphol Airport, University VU MC, AMC, Rijnstate, Ronald McDonald Centre (Netherlands); Ford (USA); Stockholm County Council (Sweden).

Her work is represented in various private and corporate collections e.g. in the U.S.: C21, Gautreaux, Fidelity, Twitter. In Germany: Würth Foundation, European Patent Office, Robert Bosch Foundation.
In The Netherlands: Drake Collection, Akzo Nobel Art Foundation, Bouwfonds Art Collection of Rabo Real Estate Group, ING Art Collection, Art Collection Ministry of Foreign Affairs, VandenBroek Foundation, Fotomuseum The Hague, Carla & Hugo Brown Collection. In Sweden: Collection City of Umeå, Balticgruppen, Stockholm County Council.


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