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A project that highlights the visual report between social realism and euphoric utopianism referencing the visual and material facilitation of socially unifying rituals.

Onomatopee 96

Photographer Katrin Korfmann’s work is characterised by the bird’s-eye view perspective from which people are photographed moving in the scene below, capturing them in static images that present an abstract of human interaction: strongly aesthetic, its dynamic bound by the grid of everyday life.

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 full series had its première at Onomatopee. Pictures of the human towers ‘Castells’ in Catalunya (Spain) for example, or the ‘Cascamorras’ festival (Spain) in which black paint plays a prominent role, or also the ‘Els Enfarinats’ in Ibi (Spain), a militaristic looking fight with flower, eggs and fire extinguishers that takes place on Fools Day. Another new work came about on Korea during the ‘15th Mud Festival’ that sees teens and tweens throw healing dirt at each other and rubbing it in, thus allowing for physical contact of an intimacy Asians would otherwise consider inappropriate.

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Exhibition at Onomatopee Eindhoven from July 4 to July 20, 2014, open saturday-Sunday 13:00-17:00 and by appointment.

Mini exhibition at Library Project Dublin (August 1 to 10)
Book presentation at Library Project Dublin on Thursday, August 7th, 8 pm

Book presentation and exhibition at Kopeikin Gallery Los Angeles, September 2014

Publication

Freek Lomme, Katrin Korfmann, 2014

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Artist Katrin Korfmann’s photographic works, represented worldwide, capture people’s movements with a bird’s-eye view; the grid of everyday life binding its dynamics. 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.

Curator:Freek Lomme
Graphic design: Adriaan Mellegers
Editors in chief: Freek Lomme and Katrin Korfmann
Texts by Gregory Volk and Freek Lomme
Made possible thanks to: Mondriaan FundGallery KopeikinGalleri Andersson/SandstromArt Affairs and the Municipality of Eindhoven

 

Type
softcover
Dimensions
240 x 175 MM / 9.5 x 7 inch portrait
Pages
108 visible pages
ISBN
978-94-91677-19-9
Editor
Freek Lomme, Katrin Korfmann
Author
Gregory Volk, Freek Lomme, Nanne op t' Ende
Graphic
Adriaan Mellegers
Binding
Japanese
Paper
Fluweel romandruk 1.5 white 100 gr (inside) and Fluweel hv opdikkend offset 300 gr (cover)
Edition
1.000
Color
full color
Proofreader
Nanne op t' Ende
Curator
Freek Lomme
more specs
, 2014

Artist edition (photo) by Katrin Korfmann – HL 42 (2014)

€ 300

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title:HL 42 (2014). Technique:Piezografie on Hahnemühle Museum Etching. Without frame, edition of 50. Size:43 x 35 cm. Price:€ 300 (excl postage)

THE PEOPLE WHO’VE WORKED ON THIS PROJECT

  • Katrin Korfmann artist, photographer website