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Enclosed Content Chatting Away In The Colour Invisibility
In 2008, Anouk Kruithof began collecting 3500 "found" coloured books. Most books out of this installation are from the early 20th century or have been acquired Eastern European books that were written in the DDR (Former German Democratic Republic) and are therefore totally dismissed in today's society. In Berlin, those books are destined to be found in ’1 euro bookshops or ending up at the ‘Papierbank’, which is a recycle dump for paper, where they are rotting away and become meaningless and forgotten.
For the work Enclosed… Kruithof made a spatial installation, a video and a single photograph out of these books. She revitalizes these books by using them as objects (bricks). The colours and sizes of these books determine the rhythm of the rising wall in form of a physical installation as well as a video-loop, which is strong and instable at the same time. This bookwall consists of at least 3500 books whose workmanship, various papers, and varying bodies result in a heterogeneous ensemble. Colored edges glow in diverse hues.
All of this produces an open image that can be experienced with the body and includes a poetic verve. Kruithof loves books and in this time books are disappearing. This work show’s that shift as well, one could look at it as analogue pixels. She likes to invent new things out of fragments of the past – if that’s possible?
About the Artist:
Anouk Kruithof is a Dutch artist born in 1981 in Dordrecht, the Netherlands, where she graduated from Art College in 2003. Since she attended the artist in residency program Künstlerhaus Bethanien from 2008 till 2009 she has been living in Berlin till she moved to New York in September 2011. At the moment she is based in New York with an O1 (artist) visa, which gives her the opportunity to live and work in the USA for 3 years.
Among others she had solo exhibitions at gallery Boetzelaer I Nispen in London, gallery Adler in Frankfurt, Museum het Domein in Sittard NL and FOAM Amsterdam.
Her work includes several international groupshows such The feverish library (continued) Capitain-Petzel gallery Berlin, as Super Positions / The New Wight Biennal at UCLA Los Angeles, The Daegu Photo Biennal in Daegu, Korea, Crossroads at KIT (Kunst Im Tunnel) Düsseldorf, Quickscan #01 at Het Nederlands Fotomuseum and was shown at ACP Sydney, MAMAC Liege, Temporare Kunsthalle Berlin, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, DCC Shanghai en Kunstraum Niederosterreich in Vienna.
Among others MOMA library, FOAM, Fotomuseum Winterthur and Museum het Domein are collecting her work.
In 2012 she got honoured with an ICP Infinity Award from the International Center for Photography in New York. In 2011 she won the Grand Prix Jury as well as the Photoglobal prize at Hyeres, festival international de mode et de photography.