PLAYING BORDERS THIS CONTEMPORARY STATE OF MIND by Anouk Kruithof
Revolver Publishing, 2009 First edition of 400 copies, 12 1/2" X 15 3/4" Unbound folded pages, booklets, postcards and poster
Playing borders this contemporary state of mind is a fictional photographic essay which Kruithof developed at the beginning of 2008 right at before the start of the economic crisis in Europe. Kruithof got a squatted, 600 square meter big abandoned office space as her temporary studio and started to imagine a doomsday scenario for Western society. Playing Borders has a frenetic energy. It is chaotic and on the verge of falling apart — as is its subject, which is an almost empty, generic office space in which workers create performances. A sense of anomie and absurd nature is visible, which is read as a metaphor for the tormented man in today’s society. Kruithof breathes new life into the materials she found in the office, through processing peculiar temporary.
Playing Borders is a conceptual and poetic work where Kruithof weaves photography, installation and performance together. Both the project installed in an exhibition space as its form as an unbounded artist book including pamphlets, postcards and a poster call a strong physical experience.