Wall of Fading Memory

2012 Spatial Installation

100 assemblages of photopaper (photos from Kruithof's archive) foamboard / nylon thread and swr

900 by 300 cm

Part of the soloshow Fragmented Entity at gallery Boetzelaer - Nispen London.

'Wall of fading memory' is an assemblage of cut outs to create a 'wall' of pieces of pieces of old photographs diagonally stretching from one side of the gallery space to the other. Despite the monumental connotations of the artwork's title, this wall of prints is floating in mid-air and is permeated by empty spaces. Within this huge montage, these recesses can be analyzed in a number of ways; they could be seen as metaphoric holes in a memory. In trying to find an order within a potentially overwhelming amount of visual information, Kruithof assembled the prints according to colour thus somewhat recreating the spectrum of the rainbow that metaphorically stretches through the width of the gallery space. Here, again like in her previous work 'the daily exhaustion' she deconstructs and then reassembles visual informationinto a colour gradient.

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Fragmented Entity


Fragmented Entity was shown as a solo show on Art Rotterdam in 2011 with galerie Adler, Frankfurt and with this group of works Kruithof was nominated for the ILLY art award

and won the ILLY public price. In 2012 a soloshow in gallery Boetzelaer I Nispen in London took place includingthe new additional spatial installation 'Wall of fading memory'

Comprehensive group of works: photo, -video and spatial installations, take away posters, collages, shredded photoprints, photographs.

The source for this eclectic body of work is her archive of C type handmade prints that Kruithof has collected since she began working as a photo-artist. Between 2008 and 2011 she has been using these old photo prints by cutting out the narrative of the images and mostly dissected them into abstract pieces of coloured photo paper.Kruithof transferred those pieces of paper across different surfaces and spaces in the form of minimal installations, photo sculptures, posters and collages. The artwork with the title 'Never ending pile of a past', which in its original condition consists of 10.000 colour copies, neatly stacked upon each other, which, in turn, depict a stack of photographic prints photographed from the side. This piece, much like Kruithof's body of work as a whole, is deeply self-referential, ironic, even dryly humorous: a stack of copies depicting a photograph of a stack of photographs. With this work, Kruithof is allowing the viewer to become the collector and take a print away and challenges the notion of the

photograph as unique and treasured artefact. With Fragmented Entity Kruithof continues to establish herself as a provocatrice who challenges the viewer, the medium photography, and even the very format in which photography is consumed.

(Sources for this text are the words of Marco Bohr and Nicola Bozzi)

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Lang Zal Ze Leven Happy Birthday To You


self published publication and photo-wallpaper installation

This book has been nominated for the Dutch Doc Award 2012 and has been shown at FOAM Pop In Amsterdam, museum het Dolhuys Haarlem and at Tropenmuseum Amsterdam.

Happy birthday to you is an unconventional publication about a social project by Anouk Kruithof, which she undertook during her stay at the artistic residence 'Het Vijfde Seizoen' at the Altrecht psychiatric unit in Den Dolder in 2011. Kruithof interviewed 10 patients about their birthday wishes and then celebrated it with and for them according to these wishes. 'One of them wanted a big party with live performances and herring on toast with fresh orange juice for all guests, the next wanted to go to Utrecht to smoke a birthday joint.' Anouk asked each patient for their favourite colour and they all got a cake adorned with their portrait photograph. Anouk did this deliberately, because cutting and eating 'your own face' always puts people as ease. The publication consists of both quotes from the interviews as well as photos of hand-made 3D sets in which the documentary photographs of the birthdays are displayed as small exhibitions. The publication offers a chronological overview of how the 10 birthdays were celebrated and of the honest collaboration with people with a psychiatric condition.

Martin Parr in the Independent newspaper and on PhotoEye best books of 2011: My big obsession is photobooks, and because of this interest, a book arrives nearly every day. Happy birthday to you by Anouk Kruithof really stands out. This Dutch photographer arranged a project in a psychiatric hospital to make a birthday cake with patients that depicted a wish for their birthday. She shoots these and puts behind a small paper "door" and places cut out photos of the folk on the surrounding pages. This is probably the wackiest book of the year.

Also selected for the PhotoEye best book sof 2011 by Alec Soth and Antone Dolezal

"Here is a fantastic example of an unconventional approach to book making. Kruithof's cut-and-paste design on this over-sized newsprint format seems simple at first. But her intimate collaboration with psychiatric patients and thoughtful approach are anything but that."

Review Sarah Bradley on PhotoEye Link


Lang Zal Ze Leven Happy Birthday To You

Limited edition (500) SOLD OUT -29.7 X 42 cm, 52 pages black & white (images) on mint green paper -21 x 29.7 cm, 28 pages black & white (texts) on white paper -1 poster 70 x 42 cm - 10 small color photographs manually glued -10 color leaflets manually mounted with a scotch tape the publication is wrapped with a white ribbon

concept & design by Anouk Kruithof photographs by Anouk Kruithof & Sascha Landshoff (Anouk's assistent)

introduction text by Armand Hoppener

text: quotes from patients: interviews & edit by Anouk Kruithof

Dutch/English 2011, self published ISBN 978-90-817081-1-1

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A Head With Wings

Limited edition (1000) 28 pages of various size 6.625 inch by 7.875 inch custom side stapled color offset with gatefold and various inserts

concept, text and images by Anouk Kruithof

design by Hans Seeger

Dutch/English 2011, published by Little Brown Mushroom Minneapolis USA

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Der Ausbruch Einer Flexiblen Wand / The Eruption Of A Flexible Wall



bw wallpaper dyptich

2 photo wallpapers of each 400-300 cm

shown at the group-exhibition Still/Life (Dutch Contemporary Photography) at FOAM 2011 (9 September to 26 October 2011)

A Head With Wings

A HEAD WITH WINGS can be seen as cross-pollination between object, pop-up book, installation and publication (View Book). The publication is published with Little Brown Mushroom, a small publishing house ran by photographer Alec Soth. He invites photographers to make a publication in a series with a predetermined format, cover and binding. Moreover, there is the mandatory use of text (storytelling). In this publication you'll find photos of handmade 3d stage-sets made out of Anouk Kruithof's automagic archive. There is no found footage used and no Photoshop. You'll find photos of a man, which she has ever made in a park in Berlin in 2008. This man seemed to be very much in his own inner world, far away from reality. Anouk made cut outs of these pictures and combined them with other material from her automagic archive, pasted them on cardboard, rearranged them and photographed the whole. The result is a depth, which is barely perceptible and works a bit alienating. Add to this the equally remarkable backgrounds of beams and rocks and you have a photo hallucinatory trip. The story - which is only partially aligned with the images - contributes greatly to the trip. (the source for this text are the words of lise lotte ten voorde, read full review HERE)

PDF of the short story A HEAD WITH WINGS in English HERE

PDF of the short story EEN HOOFD MET VLEUGELS in Dutch HERE

"Raymond Meeks on Photo Eye Best Books of 2011 about this book: "Fantastic merging of written and visual narrative which also function independent of one another. The size, format and playful structure of this book "throws open the shutters" with new possibilities for the photobook to entertain (why not?) as well as inform"

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Stable State


vertical bw HD video with sound

video installation 3.5 minutes projected on a panel of 216 by 122 cm

sound taken from the album: Asmus Tietchens/Jon Mueller: Acht Stücke, AufAbwegen 2007 aatp20, gema, LC 01291


The Daily Exhaustion - Special Special Edition

special special edition (10) newspaper-zine 19.5 X 27.5 cm full colour 48 pages

Five 20X30 C prints on metalic Fuji paper, signed and dated in handmade cardboard box with text available in yellow or Lila-purple

Concept, design, text and images by Anouk Kruithof


2011, self published in collaboration with Kodoji press

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The Daily Exhaustion

edition (5000) In her current and future exhibitions Anouk Kruithof displays THE DAILY EXHAUSTION newspapers either as a large pile, from which visitors can take a copy for free or as a large wall installation made out of the original pages of the newspaper.

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Newspaper-zine 19.5 X 27.5 cm full colour 48 pages

Concept, design, images and text by Anouk Kruithof


2010, published by Kodoji Press Baaden, Switzerland

ISBN 978-3-03747-034-3

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The Daily Exhaustion - Special Edition

special edition (200) newspaper-zine 19.5 X 27.5 cm full colour pages

print: 20X30 inktjet colour print signed and dated

Concept, design, text, images by Anouk Kruithof


2010, published by Kodoji Press Baaden Switzerland

The special edition comes with a print together with the newspaper-zine in a sealed plastic bag. The photo is a snapshot from the trash bin at the printer. (Dijkmann Offset Amsterdam, where the newspaper-zine was printed in August 2010)

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The Daily Exhaustion


pile of newspaper-zines to take away for free installation out of the pages of the newspaper-zine: size variable

The daily exhaustion took part of many solo and groups exhibitions. Kruithof exhibited a wall installation and the pile at Hyeres, festival International de mode et de la photographie in 2011, where she won both the Grand prix de Jury and the Photoglobal prize (LINK)

THE DAILY EXHAUSTION is a small newspaper  which contains 23 self-portraits of an obsessed workaholic artist, who has reached the sweaty emotional state of exhaustion. When you browse through the publication, you will pass a gradual colour spectrum, which Kruithof considers the stratification of human energy. THE DAILY EXHAUSTION confirmed quite aware that a photo or a photo series is invented as a conscious construction, but simultaneously withdraws that statement into question, because the pictures are credible and honest. This causes confusion and raises the question of what THE DAILY EXHAUSTION actually is? In her current and future exhibitions Anouk Kruithof displays THE DAILY EXHAUSTION newspapers either as a large pile, from which visitors can take a copy for free or as a large wall installation made out of the original pages of the newspaper. When the newspaper-zine is taken apart new portraits rise to the surface. The portraits exist out of two half portraits that coincidently come together because of the unbounded newspaper-zine they'll form new faces. View Video

The special edition comes with a print together with the newspaper-zine in a sealed plastic bag.The photo is a snapshot from the trash bin at the printer. View Video

The newspaper has further evolved in the 'special special' edition, where Anouk Kruithof takes the aspect of exhaustion to another level. Five new photos of the cover of the newspaper are taken, layered with portraits from the newspaper they turn into abstract images.Recycling is an element that often plays a role in her work. These 5 new images are literally and figuratively layered and turn the state of exhaustions into an abstract thought. View Video

Playing Borders This Contemporary State Of Mind - Special Edition

Special Edition (40) Available for 350 euro

Unfolded edition with print in handmade box hite cardboard box 42,4 X 33,8 cm

Print, lambda print 30-38 cm, (10 different photographs each edition 4, these photographs are positioned on different locations within the unfolded publication.

All prints are signed, dated, numbered and titled.

Photographs by Anouk Kruithof Design by Kummer-Herrman

2009, published by Revolver Publishing by VVV Berlin

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Playing Borders This Contemporary State Of Mind

Limited Edition (400) SOLD OUT 28 pages of 32 X 40,6 cm 14 pages colour images 5 little booklets 21 X 17 cm 1 little booklet 17 X 17 cm 1 postcard 21 X 17 cm 1 poster 68 X 88 cm

Photographs by Anouk Kruithof Design by Kummer-Herrman

2009, published by Revolver Publishing by VVV Berlin

ISBN: 978-3-86895-040-3

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Temporary Cakes


The cakes are coated with pictures of the beginning party of the project called 'Temporary city', which was an experimental exhibition made by a group of artists without curator and took place in May 2009 at Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Berlin. These cakes have been eaten by the end of the opening.

Writer Christophe van Gerrewey about this project: just like every 'experimental' act, Temporary City presents results that are only useful when they lie at the base of new experiments. In an over-curated era, in an art world where the power structures seem constantly out of balance, Temporary City wants to look for other ways of grouping works of art - of making an exhibition. The result shows that it is possible to view the entire exhibition as 'meta-art', as art that can only reflect on its own principles and promises. But on the other hand, the individual works remain accessible without being part of a larger narrative that limits their possible meanings or appearances. At the beginning of the 21st century, Temporary City shows that such an exhibition that guarantees this freedom (and thus secures the absence of money and of meaning) is possible when it is entirely made by a group of participating artists. Temporary City recovers the intimacy of a shared workspace, and by doing so, presents a possible discovery of every individual artwork.

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Playing Borders This Contemporary State of Mind


Playing borders this contemporary state of mind is a fictional photographic essay which Kruithof developed at the beginning of 2008 right at before the start of the economic crisis in Europe. Kruithof got a squaded, 600 square meter big abandoned office space as her temporary studio and started to imagine a doomsday scenario for Western society. Playing Borders has a frenetic energy. It is chaotic and on the verge of falling apart - as is its subject, which is an almost empty, generic office space in which workers create performances. A sense of anomie and absurd nature is visible, which is read as a metaphor for the tormented man in today's society. Kruithof breathes new life into the materials she found in the office, through processing peculiar temporary

Playing Borders is a conceptual and poetic work where Kruithof weaves photography, installation and performance together. Both the project installed in an exhibition space as it's form as an unbounded artist book including pamflets, postcards and a poster call a strong physical experience.

Enclosed Content Chatting Away In The Colour Invisibility


spatial installation + video loop + photograph

installation out of approximately 3500 so found coloured books 410 cm by 230 cm

+ HD video loop with sound

+ photograph - conventional C print of 125-100 cm: edition 10 (+2 ap) conventional c print mounted on dibond and framed without glass 30-40 cm: edition 25 (+2 ap)

On every exhibition the bookwall gets installed in a different order. The work has been shown at solo exhibitions at Künstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin, museum het Domein Sittard NL, Galerie Adler Frankfurt, VU Amsterdam, DOK Delft and took part of the groupsexhibition 'Holland Papier biennale' at CODA museum Apeldoorn NL and 'Lost & Found-ERROR #19' Antwerpen

In 2008 Anouk Kruithof has been collecting these 3500 so found coloured books. Most books out of this installation of are from the early 20th century or have been acquired Eastern European books that were written in the DDR and are therefore totally dismissed. In Berlin those books are destined to be around 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 lost. For the work Enclosed... Kruithof made a spatial installation, a video and a single photograph out of these books. Sherevitalizes 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 heterogeneousensemble. Colored edges glow in diverse hues. All of this produces an openimage 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?

Becoming Blue


conventional c prints on dibond 68-80 cm/72-90 cm/78.5-100 cm/100-125 cm

Becoming Blue has been shown since 2009 in various solo and groupexhibitions, among them in Künstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin, museum hetDomein NL, galerie Adler Frankfurt, Corrosia Almere NL, VU Amsterdam and Dutch Cultural Centre in Sjanghai.

Anouk Kruithof's series Becoming Blue comprises 21 portraits and three spatial stills. They are presented in different formats and reveal Kruithof's highly exceptional approach to the topic of portrait photography. During extended sessions, which Anouk Kruithof calls one-to-one performances she did not usually work behind the camera but in the rest of the room, frequently pressing the trigger by remote control.

At the same time, she made constant but minor physical interventions to influence the person being portrayed, so that her photos capture the subjects gestures and facial expressions interaction to the unknown, irritation or stress. Reactions out of the blue. Blue is a colour we associate with infinity and meditative calm both in arthistorical as as in psychological meaning.

The poses and gestures of the persons portrayed obviously contradict such associations - a stylistic means that Kruithof deliberately chooses in order to visualise different emotional and psychological states during a process of surprise or even confrontation. Kruithof's thinking in color and in the characteristics of pictures is the clearest evidence that, for Anouk Kruithof, the process of elaborating the photos is not coincidental or done for its own sake, not an experiment or test run, but a procedure carried out in accordance with the rules of beauty, in the knowledge of the characteristics of aesthetic perception - and thus artistically necessary.

(Sources for this text are the words of Christoph Tannert and Christina Sickert)

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Limited edition (750)

paperback 20,5 X 27,5 cm, full colour, 102 pages

Photographs by Anouk Kruithof

Design by Kummer-Herrman

Text by Christoph Tannert


2009, published by Revolver Publishing by VVV Berlin

ISBN 978-3-86895-024-3

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Becoming Blue

Limited edition (750) paperback 20,5 X 27,5 cm, full colour, 102 pages

Photographs by Anouk Kruithof

Design by Kummer-Herrman

Text by Christoph Tannert


2009, published by Revolver Publishing by VVV Berlin

ISBN 978-3-86895-024-3

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Het Zwarte Gat The Black Hole

in collaboration with Jaap Scheeren


Not long after young Dutch photographers Anouk Kruithof and Jaap Scheeren graduated from art college they were featured in a newspaper series on the future of art-school graduates which was titled The Black Hole. For Kruithof and Scheeren, who were determined to make a name for themselves as photographers, that title became a theme for an ambitious project: a series of associative photographs on depression, black-outs, the universe and actual black holes. The result is this multi-dimensional publication, in which pictures relate to each other in ever-changing variations, filling the black hole no matter how you define it in new and surprising ways. This fresh, innovative publication was the first winner of the Unique Photography Prize awarded by HUP Gallery Amsterdam.

The project was rounded of as well with a solo exhibition consisting of a photo installation of 35 untitled photographs of different sizes at FOAM Amsterdam in April 2006. The Black Hole book also got an honourable mention at the Rencontres Arles photography bookaward in 2006. Afterwards The Black Hole exhibition showed again in MAMAC (museum for modern & contemporary art in Liege) 2008 as well as Kunstraum Niederosterreich Vienna 2008 and photofestival F Stop Leipzig 2009. The Black Hole took also place in the groupshow Dutch Dare, contemporary photography from the Netherlands, which was shown in ACP Sydney in 2006 and Erasmushuis Jakarta in 2007.


Limited edition (1000)

102 pages color,

paperback 17 X 24 cm

Photography, Anouk Kruithof & Jaap Scheere

Design: Hans Gremmen

Poem: Leon van den Langenbergh


2006, published by Episode Publishers & HUP editions Rotterdam/Amsterdam

ISBN 978-905973-044-1

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