Anouk Kruithof

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Anouk Kruithof while attending artist residency at Casa Wabi, Oaxaca, Mexico, March 2018.

Anouk Kruithof (born 1981)[1] is a Dutch artist whose exhibitions and books merge social, conceptual, photographic, performance[2] and video.[3] She is best known for her artist's book Happy Birthday to You.[2] Kruithof has had published, or self-published, a number of books of her work, which has also been exhibited in various solo and group shows including at Museum of Modern Art in New York. She has received an Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography;[4] both the Photography Jury Grand Prize and the Photo Global scholarship from Hyères International Fashion and Photography Festival,[5] and the Charlotte Köhler Prize from Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.[6] She is based in New York.

Life and work[edit]

Kruithof was born in 1981 in Dordrecht, the Netherlands.[1] She studied photography at the Academy of Art and Design St. Joost, based in Breda. She completed an artist's residency at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin in 2008–2009. In 2011 she moved to New York to live and work on her art projects.

Her book Happy Birthday to You was praised by Martin Parr[7] and her book A Head with Wings was praised by critic Jörg Colberg.[8]


Publications by Kruithof[edit]

  • Het Zwarte gat = The Black Hole. Rotterdam, the Netherlands: Episode Publishers, 2006. ISBN 9789059730441.
  • Playing Borders, This Contemporary State of Mind. Berlin: Revolver Publishing by Vice Versa Vertrieb, 2009. ISBN 9783868950403. Edition of 400 copies.
  • Becoming Blue. Berlin: Revolver Publishing by Vice Versa Vertrieb, 2009. ISBN 9783868950243. Texts in English, German and Dutch.
  • The Daily Exhaustion. Baden, Switzerland: Kodoji Press, 2010. ISBN 9783037470343. Edition of 5000 copies. Free newspaper.
  • A Head with Wings. St Paul, MN: Little Brown Mushroom, 2011. OCLC 760918291. Edition of 1000 copies. Commissioned by Alec Soth; design by Kruithof, Soth and Hans Seeger.
  • Lang Zal ze Leven = Happy Birthday to You. Self-published, 2011. ISBN 9789081708111. Edition of 500 copies.
  • Pixel-stress. Paris: RVB Books, 2013. ISBN 979-10-90306-21-9. Edition of 1000 copies.
  • SPBH pamphlet IV: Case report 468. London: Self Publish, Be Happy, 2013. OCLC 854565638. Edition of 500 copies. Pamphlet, folds out into poster. Text by Hillery Bosworth, photographs by Kruithof and series editor Nicholas Muellner. According to the colophon, "The pamphlet was created in conversation with the collection of Jan Larsen and Tang Nguyen, on April 26 and 27, 2013 in New York city" and "This special edition pamphlet was commissioned by and distributed in conjunction with 10x10 American photobooks in association with the International Center of Photography library, Photobook Facebook Group and Tokyo Institute of Photography."
  • Untitled (I’ve taken too many photos / I’ve never taken a photo). Rotterdam: Stress Press, 2014. ISBN 9789081708104. Edition of 500 copies.
  • The Bungalow. Eindhoven, the Netherlands: Onomatopee, 2014. ISBN 9789491677236. Uses photographs by Brad Feuerhelm. Edited in collaboration with Freek Lomme (text) and Christof Nussli (images). Edition of 1200 copies.
  • Neutral. Munich, Germany: Galerie Jo van de Loo; self-published, 2016. Text by Christoph Sehl. Edition of 200 copies.
  • Automagic. Madrid and Mexico City: Editorial RM; self-published:, 2016. With text by Kruithof and Iñaki Domingo. Edition of 1000 copies.

Publications with contributions by Kruithof[edit]


  • 2011: Photography Jury Grand Prize, Hyères International Fashion and Photography Festival, Hyères, France.[5] For Happy Birthday to You and The Daily Exhaustion.
  • 2011: scholarship to the Photo Global programme of the School of Visual Arts in New York, Hyères International Fashion and Photography Festival, Hyères, France.[5][9]
  • 2012: Infinity Award, Young Photographer category, International Center of Photography, New York, NY.[4]
  • 2014: Charlotte Köhler Prize, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.[6] €30000 prize.


Solo exhibitions[edit]

  • 2009: Becoming Blue and Enclosed Content Chatting Away In The Colour Invisibility, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, 20 February – 8 March 2009.[10]
  • 2009/2010: Becoming Blue and Enclosed Content Chatting Away In The Colour Invisibility, Museum Het Domein Sittard, Sittard, Netherlands, 26 September – 3 January 2010.[11]
  • 2010: Becoming Blue and Enclosed Content Chatting Away In The Colour Invisibility, Galerie Adler, Frankfurt, 13 March – 1 May 2010.[12]
  • 2012: Fragmented Entity, 5 January – 4 February 2012, Boetzelaer Nispen, London.[13]
  • 2013: Every Thing is Wave, 7 September – 26 October 2013, Boetzelaer Nispen, London.[14]
  • 2015: #Evidence, Boetzelaer Nispen, Amsterdam, September–November 2015.[15]
  • 2016: Neutral, Galerie Jo van de Loo, Munich, Germany, June–July 2016.[16]

Exhibitions with others and at festivals[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Anouk Kruithof". MoMA PS1. Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b Pantall, Colin (2013). "Anouk Kruithof, 32". British Journal of Photography. Apptitude Media Limited. 160 (7813): 32–35.
  3. ^ a b Moakley, Paul (25 May 2012). "Analog Interactivity and the Photography of Anouk Kruithof". Time. Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Infinity Awards 2012". International Center of Photography. Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  5. ^ a b c d "Anouk Kruithof". Hyères International Fashion and Photography Festival. Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Charlotte Köhler Prijzen naar Anouk Kruithof en Via Berlin". Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds. Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  7. ^ Unwin, Rozzy (1 July 2011). "Cultural Life: Martin Parr, photographer". The Independent. Retrieved 24 December 2014. My big obsession is photobooks, and because of this interest, a book arrives nearly every day. 'Happy Birthday to You' by Anouk Kruithof really stands out.
  8. ^ Colberg, Jörg (21 October 2011). "Review: A Head with Wings by Anouk Kruithof". Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  9. ^ Burgoyne, Patrick (28 April 2011). "Hyeres 2011". Creative Review. Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  10. ^ "Anouk Kruithof: Becoming Blue", Künstlerhaus Bethanien. Accessed 8 January 2015.
  11. ^ "Anouk Kruithof: Becoming Blue", Museum Het Domein Sittard. Accessed 8 January 2015.
  12. ^ "Anouk Kruithof: Becoming Blue", Galerie Adler. Accessed 8 January 2015.
  13. ^ "Anouk Kruithof – Fragmented Entity _ January 5 – February 4 2012", Boetzelaer Nispen. Accessed 24 December 2014.
  14. ^ "Anouk Kruithof – Every thing is wave _ September 7 – October 26 2013", Boetzelaer Nispen. Accessed 24 December 2014.
  15. ^ "Anouk Kruithof – #Evidence". Boetzelaer Nispen. 25 June 2015. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  16. ^ "Anouk Kruithof: Neutral". Galerie Jo van de Loo. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  17. ^ Weeks, Jonny (29 October 2012). "Red wine and doughnuts at the Daegu Photo Biennale, South Korea". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  18. ^ "Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015". Museum of Modern Art. Retrieved 22 January 2016.

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