Anouk Kruithof, Ephemeral Color, 2016.

“…something simple,” she said .
“I want to change the void with energy, like with ephemeral color.”
“How?”, I asked her.
“Well…”

Anouk Kruithof (NLD, 1981, lives and works in New York, Berlin and Mexico) works from photo-based imagery that stretches into a multi­layered, interdisciplinary approach. Her work takes the form of photographs, sculptures, artist-books, installations, texts, printed take away ephemera, video and performance. While working on her projects, Kruithof questions and explores ideas of the picture plane, the image, and the materiality and physicality of the medium of photography. Often constructed and conceptual, her work unveils a seductiveness and aesthetic attraction in its materiality and use of colors albeit staying critical and deconstructing the viewer’s perception of image, identity and material.

Kruithof’s love for photography and artist’s books has compelled her to create The Anamorphis Prize. The prize will run for 3 years while it promotes excellence, dialogue and excitement in the field of self-published photobooks and photo-based artist books. All submitted books are donated to Franklin Furnace and the shortlist of 20 books is included in the MoMA library.

Her work has been exhibited internationally at institutions such as: Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; MBAL Switzerland; The Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen China; ICP, New York; Capricious Gallery, New York; among others. In 2012 Kruithof received the Infinity Award from the International Center for Photography in New York in 2012. Her work is in public collections including: FOAM, Amsterdam; The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland; Aperture Foundation, New York. Kruithof’s artist-books are part of the public collections of the New York Museum of Modern Art Library, ICP Library, New York Public Library, and the library of The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

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