Antwerpen, stad verbeeld
Antwerpen, stad verbeeld (‘Antwerp, A City Depicted’) forms a diptych with Antwerpen, verloren stad (‘Antwerp, Lost City’). Where the first part takes us on a journey through Antwerp at the end of the nineteenth century, just before the city walls were demolished, this book focuses on how today’s city relates to its past. The photographer Karin Borghouts walks us through the present city centre, from the Central Station to the Zuid and Eilandje districts. She looks primarily at the historic buildings and their interiors, which have been substantially restored or even reconstructed. Are the restored buildings from the illustrious past still authentic? Or are they merely a kind of stage set? This ambiguity – a city in which history seems mostly to be about appearances – is expressed in the photographs and encourages thoughtful viewing. This beautiful photo book, with over 200 full-page images, makes the reader look at familiar Antwerp buildings, squares and streetsin a different way, while also introducing some new and surprising places.
A commissioned assignment to Karin Borghouts by Ronny Van de Velde.
Book published by Gallery Ronny Van de Velde in collaboration with Ludion publishers.
Exhibition with 18 photographs by Karin Borghouts and vintage photographs by Edmond Fierlants October 13 - December 4, 2016 in Rossaert (a branch of Gallery Ronny Van de Velde), Nosestraat 7, 2000 Antwerp Belgium
ANTWERPEN STAD VERBEELD
fotografie Karin Borghouts
25 x 33 cm, 336 pages, 215 photographs,
Prologue by Ludo Bekkers
Available in Rossaert, bookshops or order online
A de luxe edition with a signed and numbered archival pigment print (250 euro) is available at Gallery Ronny Van de Velde