RADO STAR PRIZE SWITZERLAND
RADO STAR PRIZE SWITZERLAND 2012 at the Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography awarded to the photographer Katrin Korfmann
German artist Katrin Korfmann emerged as the winner of the Rado Star Prize Switzerland 2012 for her work entitled “Count for Nothing”. Organized by Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography and Rado Watch Co. Ltd, this international photography prize aims to create a cultural exchange between Asia and Europe. The work of Katrin Korfmann was selected from 300 applications received from 26 European countries by a jury of renowned specialists chaired by the chief auctioneer, Simon de Pury. She is awared a production cost of up to CHF 10,000, plus a trip to China, and an exhibition in OFOTO Gallery located in the famous art scene of Moganshan Road in Shanghai in December 2012.
The decision of the jury united in Biel on the 31st of March fell upon the work of Katrin Korfmann (born in 1971 in Heidelberg) who lives and works in Amsterdam. For her series entitled “Count for Nothing”, Korfmann used a graphic pallet starting with an empty space. With a keen photographic eye she merged several images taken in the same place to create a new one, thus transposing movement in time, specificity borrowed from cinematography and integrated in photography. The final image consists of hundreds of shots where different moments are gathered onto the same space. The artist attempts to capture the memory of a place by creating a literal illustration of time. A new place is thus created, partially virtually. On these shots taken in various places around the globe, the people do not seem so different from one another seen from a birds eye view. However take a closer look, the cultural and ritual diversity becomes apparent: exotic products are carried on people’s heads in Angola, and the chadors from Teheran echo the robes of Cambridge graduates.
The jury recognised the variety of applications received. They observed that photography had freed itself, demonstrating uninhibited creativity where technology plays a key role. The jury comprised of Simon de Pury (President), auctioneer, founder and chairman of the auction house Phillips de Pury & Company, London and New York; François Hébel, director of the Rencontres d’Arles, France; Walter Keller, editor, exhibition curator, writer and gallery owner, Zurich; Hélène Joye-Cagnard, co-director of the Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography and independent exhibition curator; as well as Andrea Caputo, vice-president of marketing for Rado Watch Co. Ltd.
Biography Katrin Korfmann
Katrin Korfmann was born in Heidelberg in 1971 and grew up in Berlin. She currently lives and works in Amsterdam. After studying at the Weiβensee Kunsthochschule in Berlin, she specialised in photography at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and continued her studies through residencies at the Rijkakademie in Amsterdam, the Cittadellarte in Biella and the Academy of Arts in Berlin. Katrin Korfmann works with various media, including photography, video and installation. Her works concern photographic concepts of framing, perspective, and the social dimensions of perception. She has won several prizes, including the Prix de Rome in 2003 (category of Art in Public Space). Her work has taken part in many exhibitions and are represented in many collections both private and public.