Line Krom
bangaloREsident@NCBS

Line Krom © Sarah Hale The work of Line Krom, a visual artist based in Frankfurt/Main, explores the precarious working conditions in the art world. Trained as a cultural anthropologist Krom uses artistic methods to explore the circumstances under which art is created. Her projects take the form of drawings, objects, installations, texts, performances and participatory situations.

A major focus during her bangaloREsidency explores the exclusion strategies governing the Archive of National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS). What goes in the NCBS Archive and what doesn’t?  Who can and must write the history of science through the NCBS archive? The bangaloREsidency enables Krom to reflect critically about the archive’s excessive materials and debris, for instance the archive’s dust. Dust that is produced in archives is regularly removed.

Krom has been working with dust from collections and museums for several years. In her exhibition „Cleaning and other things done for pleasure“ at Kunstverein Nachtspeicher 23 in Hamburg (2019), particles of dust, coffee grounds, and saw dust from various art associations throughout Europe were used to create a dust painting. Among others from the exhibition hall Port 25, Mannheim, the project space |Meter|, Copenhagen and Konsthall C, Stockholm, who donated their waste.

Symbolising economic conjure and value-creation compulsions, dust represents a creative element for Krom, as it multiplies without further intervention. The NCBs archive provides a ready-made framework for the next phase of Line Krom’s phyto-mining work, „Dust2Gold“, using plants as non-human collaborators to mine metals from dust and debris.

Currently, Line Krom is working as a lecturer at the Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach and the Institute for Art Education at Goethe University Frankfurt. Since 2014 she has been regularly teaching at universities. Her academic background includes studies at Goethe University Frankfurt, UdK Berlin and UAL London.

Krom's work has been shown at Jerwood Space London, Blyth Gallery London and BronxArtSpace New York, L.A. Book Fair Los Angeles, among others. Her most recent solo exhibitions were "Hortus Pecuniae - Garden of Money" at Kunstturm Mücke (2022), "Numbers Rule - Zahlen im Blick" at Frauen Museum Wiesbaden (2020) and "Trim the Fat!" at Neuer Kunstverein Gießen (2020).

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