Overview participating exhibitions
For RELIQUIAE, Karin Borghouts photographed animal models, replicas, casts and specimens from different university collections. Borghouts was struck by the formal beauty of these bizarre remnants of deceased animals, which are transformed into objects of study. To take them out of their fixed context and do justice to their alienated beauty, Borghouts photographed the objects against pink, mint green and turquoise backgrounds. In doing so, Borghouts retains the remnants of an existence, and breathes life into them by awarding them the special status of artwork.
Terra Cognita - Urban Jungle
Strip away the backgrounds in zoos and amusement parks of people and animals, and what is left are artificial reconstructions of wild nature. Just as a photograph is a memory of a moment, this fake nature is only a memory of real nature, which we normally know only from photographs and films. By recording these backdrops Karin Borghouts creates a memory of a memory. In doing so, she poses questions about the nature of photography and our ideal images of nature.
Karin Borghouts (Belgium, 1959) studied Painting and Sculpture at the Artistiek Hoger Onderwijs Sint-Maria in Antwerp and the Academie Noord. She worked as a graphic designer until 2011. In 2002, she completed her Photography studies at the Academie Noord. Since 2013, she has been working as an independent artist and photographer. Besides Belgium, her work has been exhibited in Japan, Greece and the United States.
Price EUR 15,00