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Au Borinage


The Borinage, South-West of Mons in Belgium, was one of the most inspiring regions that Karin Borghouts visited as part of her project Vincent Was Here. In 2023 she decided to devote a whole photo project to it. This was partly due to a request from cc Colfontaine. Vincent van Gogh spent two years in the Borinage. First he worked as a pastor, then he decided here to become an artist.
The Borinage, is a region with an eventful mining past. The many slagheaps are still visible in the landscape. Karin was attracted by the miners' houses in the hilly lanes, by the ruins of the mines, by the now green terrils, but also and above all by the people. That is why she decided to photograph 'borains' - people from the Borinage - in special places. Since September 2023, Karin has been staying at regular intervals as an artist in residence at the Van Gogh House in Petit-Wasmes.

From 22 June to 13 October 2024, a brand new photographic exhibition can be visited in the Borinage's two Van Gogh houses: La Maison Van Gogh in Petit-Wasmes and La Maison Van Gogh in Cuesmes (pronounced Wam and Kwèm). A large photo is also planned at the Marcasse mine ruins.
30 large-format photographs will be exhibited inside and outside the two Van Gogh houses. A video will be made in collaboration with Dieter Demey (on view in Petit-Wasmes).

With the support of cc Colfontaine, Ville de Mons, Fondation Mons 2025 and Milo-Profi photo lab.

June 22 > October 13, 2024

Maison Van Gogh Cuesmes
3, Rue du Pavillon
7033 Cuesmes (Mons)

Tu > Sun : 10 am - 4 pm

Maison Van Gogh Petit-Wasmes
221, Rue Wilson
7340 Petit-Wasmes (Colfontaine)

Tu > Sun : 10 am - 4 pm after reservation: 0032 (0)492 76 03 03

Free entrance

Opening on Saturday 22 June 2024
Contact us for a personal invitation with details.

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