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, including 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 color thus somewhat recreating the spectrum of the rainbow that metaphorically stretches through the width of the gallery space. Here, she deconstructs and then reassembles visual information into a color gradient.
Anouk Kruithof (b. 1981) considers photography a starting point of infinite possibilities. Born in Dordrecht, the Netherlands, she graduated from Art College in 2003. She attended the artist in residency program Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin from 2008-2009; she is currently based in New York City. Kruithof has had solo exhibitions at gallery Boetzelaer I Nispen in London, gallery Adler in Frankfurt, Museum het Domein in Sittard NL and FOAM Amsterdam, amongst others. Her work has been featured in several international group exhibitions, including The feverish library (continued) Capitain-Petzel gallery Berlin, as Super Positions / The New Wight Biennial at UCLA Los Angeles, The Daegu Photo Biennial in Daegu, Korea, Crossroads at KIT (Kunst Im Tunnel) Düsseldorf, and at ACP Sydney, MAMAC Liege, Temporare Kunsthalle Berlin, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and DCC Shanghai en Kunstraum Niederosterreich in Vienna. The MOMA Library, FOAM, Fotomuseum Winterthur and Museum het Domein have collected her work. In 2012 she was honored with an ICP Infinity Award from the International Center for Photography in New York. In 2011 she won the Grand Prix Jury as well as the Photoglobal prize at Hyeres, festival International de Mode et de Photographie.