Karin Borghouts, De Collse watermolen, 2018

Karin Borghouts

Vincent was here

21 September 2019 to 12 January 2020

After photographing the Van Gogh reproduction in her burned-out childhood home, Karin Borghouts became aware of her childhood memories of this work and its influence on her visual memory.

The curiosity about the famous painter’s birthplace – Zundert – morphed into empa-thetic interest in his way of seeing; looking from today’s vantage point at what he looked at and drew or painted about 130 years ago. Karin Borghouts followed in his footsteps again and again. Zundert, the Borinage, Etten, Nuenen, Drenthe, London, Antwerp, Paris, Arles, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Auvers-sur-Oise…

  • Karin Borghouts, Mand met aardappels, 2018.
  • Karin Borghouts, Het Huis, 2012.
  • Karin Borghouts, De Collse watermolen, 2018

Looking at these pictures – the product of an intense dialogue, involving traveling to different locations, the contemporary reconstruction of still lives, and many hours of photographing and retouching in the studio – observant viewers will be able to discern Vincent’s work in these photographs.

Karin Borghouts (born in Kapellen in 1959) is a visual artist who studied painting in Antwerp. She worked initially as a graphic artist before choosing for a career as a freelance art and documentary photographer. Her work has been displayed in countless solo and group exhibitions in Belgium and beyond, as well as in various books, including The House of My Childhood Burned Down and I Went in to Take Pictures, Mijn huis dat was and Antwerpen Stad verbeeld. Since 2011, she has been working on documenting the renovation of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, something she also did for Museum De Lakenhal in Leiden.