In her recent series Waste from 2020 Katrin Korfmann uses the technical aspects of her work to critically reflect on notions such as: uncertainty and unpredictability. Her images suggest multiple interpretations of a single moment through a layering of time-exposures. She proposes that experiencing and imagining a moment has neither a beginning nor an end, but manifests itself circularly.
Our consumerist-rooted society has resulted in a polluted cultural landscape brimming with plastic waste, to which a sustainable answer must be found. Korfmann seeks parallels, from a photographic perspective, between the way in which rubbish is processed and sorted and how photographs are made into a work of art in creative processes. In contemporary photography, its not only about the images that are made, but also about the act of taking those photographs, their post-production and their context. Korfmann investigates whether the idea of the circular economy can be applied to image processing and whether this approach influences how we deal with images. Is there such a thing as visual sustainability?