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The House - Het huis


A fire destroys the family home of photographer Karin Borghouts. The event causes a shock and a wake of all kinds of worries and practical concerns. Despite the feelings of chaos, destruction and irrevocability that the charred interior of the house conveys after the event, Borghouts is fascinated by the beauty of the devastation left behind. Faced with these conflicting feelings, Borghouts began to carefully record the house. Rarely is a subject so unexpected, so disturbing, and yet so obvious to a photographer as this event. Her intuitive decision to photograph at this moment, in these circumstances, has resulted in an extraordinary and moving series of images. The poignant yet beautiful images are brought together in The House, an exhibition of beautiful black colour prints on Photo Rag matt paper. A special limited edition artist publication THE HOUSE, published by The Eriskay Connection in 2014, is sold out. Also the book 'Mijn huis dat was', published in June 2015 with a fictional story by Paul de Moor in Dutch (Ludion) is sold out.

In May 2021 a new book will be published by SNOECK, THE HOUSE, with many previously unpublished photos, designed by Jean-Michel Meyers. Text by Eric Min. A few quotations by Paul de Moor accompany the photographs.

The first solo exhibition The House was held at Villa De Olmen. Later at BredaPhoto, Museum Dr. Guislain and Cons Arc Galleria (Bi Biennale dell'Immagine), Chiasso Switzerland and at Behind Bars Antwerp Belgium in 2021. A small presentation was shown at Kunstenfestival Watou, Galerie Tsjeljoeskin and La Maison des Arts Brussels.

Exhibition available for museums and cultural institutions.
Archival pigment prints in various sizes for sale. Contact.
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