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Rooilijn

2002-2011

Rooilijn: Dutch for the boundary line between private space and the public road.
Karin Borghouts photographs places in our urbanised environment. She points her lens at the things people normally pass by. The photographs acquire - as a result of their well-chosen framework - an alienating character, rather than being objective testimonials. Street scenes are shown as closed spaces that capture the viewer’s eye. Paving stones, the texture of front walls, hedges, blind windows, door surfaces and pointless details are elevated from banality. These balanced and tranquil images place tension on the relationship between viewer and reality. Large format analogue camera.

  • The guardian of the Titans at the Domaine du Levant in Cuesmes. Several former mining sites are privately owned. © Karin Borghouts, 2024

    2024

    Au Borinage

    The Borinage, South-West of Mons in Belgium, was one of the most inspiring regions that Karin Borghouts visited as part…

  • Series Homescapes ©Karin Borghouts 2020

    2020-2024

    Homescapes

    This photographic project started in the spring of 2020, the year of the corona. For this photographic project Karin Borghouts…

  • Series Paris Impasse © Karin Borghouts

    2011-2021

    Paris Impasse

    Paris has about 600 cul de sacs, cités, villas and squares: streets that end in a dead end. Cul-de-sacs. Within…

  • Series 'A painter's house' © Karin Borghouts, 2017

    2017-2022

    A Painter's House

    After his death, the house of the painter Marten Melsen (1870-1947) was inhabited by his unmarried daughters and son. The…