• Anouk Kruithof, Untitled (I've taken too many photos / I've never taken a photo), 2012
  • Anouk Kruithof, I've taken too many photos / I've never taken a photo, Tour des Templiers © Olivier Amsellem, 2012
exhibitions 2012
hyères 27
Anouk Kruithof Tour des Templiers, historic center horaires
(I’ve taken too many photos / 
I’ve never taken a photo)

Anouk Kruithof, a shrewd Dutch artist who studied photo-graphy, uses the medium as a starting point for her projects, which veer between performance and installation. Her ventures, which vary in scale, are based on an interaction with the place that she is working in and the people she invites, be they protagonists in her projects or visitors to her exhibitions. Books are also an important medium for this artist, who has already published six.
Anouk Kruithof won the Prix du Jury Photographie at the Festival d’Hyères and was a beneficiary of the PhotoGlobal programme at the School of Visual Arts. In 2012 she won the Infinity Award in the young photographer category.
Anouk returns to Hyères this year with the aim of giving form to her photo archive: ten years of ‘automagic’, as she calls it, pictures taken compulsively and which, up until now, were left asleep in some hard drives. And this person who has taken too many photos has been searching for someone who has not taken a single one.
With Harrison, a young guy from her neighbourhood, she goes through 300 images, from which he has to choose 80 to go in the exhibition. He also determines the sizes of the pictures for the installation, which will takes place at the Tour des Templiers, in Hyères : a collaborative and playful process, along the lines of Anouk’s work.

Anouk Kruithof (The Netherlands, 1981) studied photography at the St. Joost Academy of Art in Breda. She settled in Berlin following an artist’s residency at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in 2008–2009. In 2010, she exhibited her work at the Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam (Quickscan NL#01, 2010) and at FOAM, Amsterdam (Still/Life, 2011). In 2011, she was awarded the Photography Jury Grand Prize at the Hyères Festival, and was offered a one-year scholarship, at The School of Visual Arts in New York, as part of PhotoGlobal programme. Anouk is the recipient of the 2012 Infinity Award, Young Photography category (ICP, New York).