At Foam Photography Museum you can currently visit the exhibition of André Kertész, a photographer who made a name for himself in the twentieth century. About one hundred years later, a new kind of contemporary photography is represented by Dutch artist Anouk Kruithof (1981).
This article was written for and appeared first in Hello Amsterdam Magazine.
¡Aguas! is part of the exhibition series Next Level, which introduces the public to innovative art. It is made by artists with a radically new look on the medium of photography.
Kruithof’s work is a point in case. Her photographs are highly original. She creates a whole new visual language within the realm of photography. Kruithof is fascinated by the way social issues emerge in the online world. She explores these subjects through different mediums such as video, sculpture, performances, and photography. For this exhibition, Foam asked Kruithof to create a show consisting of all new works. They revolve around the relationship of man to nature in the post-internet era.
Disasters and materials
Kruithof printed images of environmental disasters on materials like latex or rubber mats. She has combined these with sculptures constructed with artificial tools for the human body. Such as crutches or prostheses. These unusual combinations refer to the technological achievement of mankind, while at the same time reflecting on the artificiality and disregard that often results from this. What you get is a series of intriguing images, that denounces pressing issues of today.
Anouk Kruithof. ¡Aguas!. 27 November 2017 – 28 January 2018.
Foam, Keizersgracht 609. foam.org
As a fan of contemporary Dutch photography, this is not the first article on the subject. I have written about the likes of Aisha Zeijpveld, Henk Wildschut or Krista van de Niet. And I will continue to scout the field, obviously.