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The house - Het huis


A fire destroyes the childhood home of photographer Karin Borghouts. The event causes a shock and a wake of all kinds of worries and practical concerns. Despite feelings of chaos, destruction and irrevocability imposed by the charred interior after the event, Borghouts becomes fascinated by the beauty of the devastation left behind. Faced with these conflicting feelings Borghouts starts to capture the house carefully. Rarely a subject emerges so unexpectedly, so disturbing, yet so obvious to a photographer like this event. Her intuitive decision to take photos at that moment, under these circumstances, has led to an extraordinary and moving series of images. The poignant but at the same time beautiful images are brought together in The House, an exhibition with beautiful black colourprints on mat Photo Rag paper. A special artist publication THE HOUSE released in a limited edition, published in 2014 by The Eriskay Connection is sold out. Also the book ‘Mijn huis dat was’, published in June 2015 with a fictional story written by Paul de Moor in Dutch (Ludion) is sold out.
In May 2021 a new book THE HOUSE will appear with many previously unpublished photos in a design by Jean-Michel Meyers and published by SNOECK. Text by Eric Min. A few quotes by Paul de Moor will accompany the photographs.

The solo exhibition The house was on view in Villa De Olmen, on BredaPhoto, in Museum Dr. Guislain and Cons Arc Galleria, Bi Biennale dell’Immagine, Chiasso Switserland. A small presentation was on view at Kunstenfestival Watou, Gallery Tsjeljoeskin and La Maison des Arts Brussels.

New exhibition THE HOUSE: Behind Bars -ruimte voor kunst-, Otto Veniusstraat 18, Antwerp Belgium
13 May - 12 June, 2021. Opening during Antwerp Art Weekend.

  • A PAINTER'S HOUSE + THE HOUSE  60 euro Karin Borghouts, graphic design Jean-Michel Meyers


    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…

  • Series Paris Impasse © Karin Borghouts


    Paris Impasse

    Paris has about 600 impasses, cités, villas and squares: streets that come to a dead end. Cul-de-sacs. Within the Périphérique,…

  • Vincent was here, Church Auvers sur Oise, 65 x 50 cm © Karin Borghouts, 2017


    Vincent was here

    After Karin Borghouts took photographs of the Van Gogh reproduction in her parents’ burned-out home, she became aware of her…

  • The Final Journey ©Karin Borghouts, 2020, 10 x 10 cm


    De laatste reis / The Final Journey

    The home, the place where we can safely retreat. It is also the place where our identity becomes visible. Interiors…