Anouk Kruithof was born 1981 in Dordrecht, the Netherlands. She graduated from Art College in the Netherlands in 2003. She considers photography as a starting-point of infinite possibilities. Her method is interdisciplinary and mostly idea based. She makes photo –video and spatial installations, social in-situ works, take away art and above all she’s a frenetic artistbookmaker.
Her projects grow within the elements of the human psyche with its emotions and impulses, the spatial framework and colour with its perceptions and symbolic meanings. Temporary installations, which she constructs and performative actions with unknown people form the basis of her photographic works. After she deliberately uses her own photos as material, which she transfers across different surfaces and spaces into sculptural forms, minimal installations and artistbooks.
Since 2011 Anouk Kruithof lives in New York City, where she recently won an ICP Infinity award. Before she mainly lived in Berlin since she attended the artist in residence program Künstlerhaus Bethanien in 2008/2009. Among others she has had solo exhibitions at museum Het Domein, Sittard, gallery Boetzelaer I Nispen London, gallery Adler Frankfurt and FOAM Amsterdam.
Her work includes international groupshows at KIT (kunst im tunnel) Düsseldorf, het Nederlands Fotomuseum Rotterdam, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Grimmuseum Berlin, ACP Sydney, DCC Shanghai, MAMAC Liege, Temporäre Künsthalle Berlin, Künstraum Niederösterreich Vienna. Her work is collected by MOMA library NYC, Fotomuseum Winterthur and FOAM. In 2011 she won the ILLY-publicprize at ART Rotterdam and the Grand Prix Jury and the SVA photoglobal prize at Hyeres, festival international de mode et photographie.
In addition towards making her artwork she was a columnist on Photoq.nl and she is writing about artistbooks on Wandering Bears. For her most recent artistbook ‘A head with wings’ she wrote her first fictional short story. In 2010 she organized an exhibition about artistbooks including books of 40 international artists in Berlin. Anouk Kruithof was teaching and lecturing at The Hartford photography MFA program in NYC, Officine Fotografiche in ROMA, ARTEZ art academy Arnhem NL, HKU art academy Utrecht NL, st. Joost art academy and at the Deichtorhallen Hamburg.