Press release | September 2017
Foam presents the first major solo museum exhibition by Anouk Kruithof (1981, Dordrecht) as part of the exhibition series Next Level. The work of Kruithof is a refreshingly original contribution to contemporary photography. Approaching the medium from a great variety of angles, her works are equally versatile, ranging from photo collages to video animations, installations, sculptures, publications, performances and public interventions. Common premise is a fascination for the online representation of societal issues. Kruithof subjects these to critical scrutiny by extracting existing imagery from the digital sphere, and translating the photographs into her own three-dimensional visual idiom.
Over the past few years the artist collected circulating images related to issues like privacy, government surveillance, pollution and climate change. For the series #Evidence (2015 – 2017) she visually dissected the way various American organisations present themselves via Instagram. The resulting photo sculptures show us how photography enables individuals and organisations to visually construct and circulate their image digitally. Foam also commissioned Kruithof to create entirely new work. This work, consisting of (photo) sculptures, a video projection and an animation explores the complex relationship of man to nature in a post-internet era. Kruithof printed images of environmental disasters on latex and rubber anti-slip mats and draped these over sculptures made up of artificial appendages of the human body, such as walking frames, crutches and prostheses. She also combined vividly colored photographs of oil spills and toxic waste with structures made from oxygen masks and anesthetic masks. These unusual carriers refer to the technological accomplishments of the human race, while simultaneously expressing the artificiality, numbness and ultimate disregard that may be the consequence.
Next Level: Anouk Kruithof - ¡Aguas! is supported by Ammodo and the Mondriaan Fund. Foam thanks Stichting Foam Friends and Foam Fund for their generous support of this exhibition.
¡Aguas! by Anouk Kruithof can be seen from 17 November2017 – 28 January 2018 at Foam. Open daily 10am - 6pm, Thurs/Fri 10am - 9pm.
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