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. Korfmann’s new work records a different kind of interaction: rather than independent persons moving from a to b individually, it shows many people merging into one being.
In various places on earth collective rituals are photographed: rituals sustained by individual euphoria in which colour – or colourful garment – dissolves all individuality. The full series will have 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.
Graphic design: Adriaan Mellegers
Editors in chief: Freek Lommee and Katrin Korfmann
Texts by Gregory Volk and Freek Lomme
Made possible thanks to: Mondriaan Fund, Gallery Kopeikin, Galleri Andersson/Sandstrom, Art Affairs and the Municipality of Eindhoven
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