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Archiving disappearance: the archive Krist Gruijthujsen

Archiving disappearance: the archive
Krist Gruijthujsen

Presentations start at 8pm Krist is an artist and independent curator. Born in the Netherlands, he studied fine art at the Art Academy in Maastricht followed by a post-graduate study at the HISK in Antwerp. Since October 2005, Gruijthuijsen has worked at Platform Garanti as a resident artist in which, he developed his project “Archiving Disappearance” while also participating in the curatorial course of Konstfack, Stockholm.
Gruijthujsen will execute a presentation of the project Archiving disappearance. In this project it's a refer to those artists, who purposely or not, made the decision to stop producing work, or step out of the art world.
When, as an artist, you aren’t successful at the beginning of your artistic career, the shift from living and working as a practicing to a non-practicing artist is easily made. So easy, that it takes some time to realize that this step has been taken. But what if your position in the artistic field is accomplished, you’re a successful artist and you decide to stop producing work? Is this to be seen as the end of one’s career, or as a statement towards the art world? Is it not possible to blur from one profession to another and for others to accept this decision as private rather than as a considered statement? Does the impossibility of ‘stepping out’ without the art world examining one’s reasons, implicate a radical fusion of art and life?

When we talk about successful artists who made the decision to stop producing work, we also refer to them as having ‘stepped out’ of art. In the project Archiving Disappearance, this phenomenon is investigated. The complete project will comprise an archive, two symposia and a publication.

The Archive is only accessible through public lectures in which different case studies will be presented and discussed.