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Through the Looking Glass


Karin Borghouts’ photos portray things that touch both the real and the imaginary. Reality is not a given but in constant flux. A photo is a moment of choice, a time-based representation of reality that everyone interprets in their own way. To this experience Karin Borghouts consciously brings an addition. Rather than merely registering, she transforms the places she frames into a dream world. Her preference goes out to artificial locations such as zoos, amusement parks or open-air museums. She calls them safe, controlled places in which nature takes on the function of decor. Her landscapes are in fact ‘indoor’ ones that still refer to pristine, wild nature. Human shapes have no natural place in these surroundings. According to the artist they would be too much of a decisive factor in the image; people render the image narrative and restrict free interpretation.By carefully choosing the right artificial venues, Borghouts records a world of the imagination where the mysterious is still palpable. Not coincidentally the title of the work is a reference to the second part of the adventures of Alice in Wonderland: what lies behind the mirror, the world beyond the real is fascinating, but also incites fear, disbelief and doubt. 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


    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



    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


    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


    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…