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Through the Looking Glass

2001-2005

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.

  • Photobook (dummy) Paris Impasse by © Karin Borghouts

    2011-2019

    Paris Impasse

    “Paris has more than 600 ‘impasses’: streets that come to a dead end. Cul-de-sacs. And that is without counting the…

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

    2019

    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 house, archival pigment print 65 x 52 cm ©KBorghouts

    2012

    The house - Het huis

    A fire destroyes the childhood home of photographer Karin Borghouts. The event causes a shock and a wake of all…

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

    2017

    A painter's house

    After his death, the house of the painter Marten Melsen (1870-1947) was inhabited by his daughters. The sisters continued to…