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Concept and photography:
Rob van Hoesel
On March 13, 2012, a fire destroys the childhood home of photographer Karin Borghouts (BE). 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.
Virtually everyone, at a certain point in life, faces the fact to vacate the family home, often after a move or death of the parents. It is a fact that is recognizable, and that entails a lot of emotions and change. Borghouts experiences the process of considering, and cleaning up, very consciously. As time progresses and the distance from the event increases, she regards the fire positively due to the unexpected purifying effect which it accelerated, like a new beginning. The poignant but at the same time beautiful images are brought together in The House.
Karin Borghouts is a professional Belgian artist photographer. She photographs places, preferably architectural environments and interiors. Her work occupies a position between photography and visual art, and is rich in references to painting. Her highly ingenious photos can be found, for example, in the collections of the photography museums in Antwerp and Charleroi Belgium, KMSKA, the University in Antwerp, Proximus Art Collection Brussels, Delen Private Bank. Her work has been exhibited in more of 150 exhibitions in Belgium and abroad. Karin Borghouts is working on her own projects (art and documentary photography). She likes to work in site-specific projects and has a large experience in printing, publishing and exhibiting.