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Karin Borghouts, foto uit Het huis © Karin Borghouts
Karin Borghouts, foto uit Het huis © Karin Borghouts

The House

Karin Borghouts
12.06.15 - 30.08.15

A fire destroyed the parental house of photographer Karin Borghouts. The blackened interior evoked feelings of chaos and destruction, but at the same time created an estranging beauty in the abandoned devastation: a scorched painting, a black mirror, a porcelain figurine covered with soot and ashes. Borghout’s intuitive decision to capture this unexpected event, resulted in a very exceptional and personal series.

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©Stephan Vanfleteren
Boek bij de tentoonstelling

Facing Japan

12.06.15 - 13.09.15

With the support of the Flanders Center in Osaka ten renowned Flemish photographers travelled to Japan. Marleen Daniëls, Nick Hannes, Michiel Hendryckx, Jimmy Kets, Maroesjka Lavigne, Tony Le Duc, Charlotte Lybeer , Stephan Vanfleteren, Sarah Van Marcke and Rob Walbers tried to capture Japan in their own way. A country that fires the imagination, but at the same can be very compelling.

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Nouvelle Iconographie de la Salpêtrière, 1893, Tome VI, Planche XXX. Museum Dr. Guislain Gent

(Photo)sensitive

Psychiatrist Patients Portraits 1865-2015
12.06.15 - 11.10.15

The emergence of the mental institution and the early development of photography coincide around mid-nineteenth century. Psychiatrists and photographers quickly become interested in each other’s world. Until well into the twentieth century patients are photographed as a form of inventory, an attempt to document the illness rather than the ill. In the 1960’s the relationship changes: photographers start to use their pictures to denounce the abuses in psychiatry. The mental hospital as an institution is no longer evident. The fascination with photography still plays an important role in psychiatry. But the stakes have changed: the patient himself starts to work with the medium and gives an insight into his own world. (Photo)sensitive - Psychiatrists Patients Portraits 1865-2015 shows a long and intense history of unexpected and surprising recurring motifs: convulsive hands, strange bodily curves, half hidden medical instruments.

The summer also brings three other expositions: Facing Japan, Condemned and The House.
These exhibitions will be opened mid June and are a part of 80 Days of Summer festival in Ghent.

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© Robin Hammond, Panos Pictures.

Condemned

Robin Hammond
12.06.15 - 11.10.15

Difficult crises that have struck the population of Sub-Saharan Africa over the last fifty years, have left their mark on mental health. The care for the mentally ill is limited – the means are insufficient and the stigma is enormous. New Zealand photographer Robin Hammond, winner of the 2014 Dr. Guislain Award, portrayed these people: a voiceless minority banished to forsaken corners in churches, traumatised former child soldiers chained to rusty hospital beds, people who are doomed to spend their lives behind bars.

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© Wenzel Hollar (1607–1677)

Characteristic Faces

On hawk noses and chipmunk cheeks
14.03.15 - 27.09.15

Prejudice and stereotypes are as old as humanity itself. In Ancient Greece there already was lots of speculation on the meaning of bodily and facial structures. What does the face hide? Is there a way of ‘reading’ the head? Does the ‘born criminal’ exist?

Why do we believe that the outside tells something more about the inside, about our way of thinking and our talents? Characteristic Faces. On hawk noses and chipmunk cheeks questions the relationship between inside and out and its presence in psychiatry, criminology, and the public opinion. The exhibition illustrates this intriguing but problematic history. At the same time it shows how these old notions are still present today. The role prejudice and stereotypes play in the media and in everyday life must not be underestimated.

Characteristic Faces is a coproduction with Teylers Museum in Harlem, The Netherlands.

A richly illustrated catalogue of the same name accompanies the exhibition. (Dutch and Eng., 160 p., Uitgeverij Lannoo)

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Shame

31.10.15 - 29.05.16

That which we wish to keep hidden, becomes visible. That of which we do not wish to talk, becomes public. From taboo to embarrassment, from primness to awkwardness, from blushing to guilty pleasures: this exhibition sheds light on shame, a feeling which is difficult to grasp, yet omnipresent. It catches us by surprise, at the least expected moments and for the most diverse reasons: when we say something unseemly in public, or because of the smaller or larger imperfections of the body. But we also feel shame about poverty or psychological problems. Whether we want this or not, shame has an influence on everything we do.

Just like the reasons for being ashamed differ, shame also differs according to a person’s character, the times in which people live and the place they find themselves in. Shame is a personal as well as a social phenomenon: each person, but also each culture, deals with it in a different way. The exhibition Shame explores this field along different lines: by means of objects from other cultures, historical psychiatric documents or actual witnesses. Modern and contemporary artists represent this feeling in paintings, sculptures, photographs and video.

A richly illustrated catalogue accompanies this exhibition (D/F/E, 176 p., Uitgeverij Lannoo).

Chantal Akerman, Francis Alÿs, Alioune Bâ, Michael Borremans, Claude Cahun, Tom Callemin, Robert Capa, Roy de Villevoye, Jim Dine, Desiree Dolron, Marcel Duchamp, Tracey Emin, Gao Brothers, Marc Garanger, Siebe Wiemer Glastra, George Grosz, Seymour Jacobs, Gert Jochems, Nicolas Karakatsanis, Willy Kessels, Meiro Koizumi, Frans Masereel, Paul McCarthy, Boris Mikhailov, George Minne, Lauren Moffatt, Hans Op de Beeck, Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, Félicien Rops, Jan Sluijters, Miroslav Tichý, Patrick Van Caeckenbergh, Philippe Vandenberg, Jan Van Imschoot, Ina van Zyl…

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The House

Karin Borghouts
12.06.15 - 30.08.15

A fire destroyed the parental house of photographer Karin Borghouts. The blackened interior evoked feelings of chaos and destruction, but at the same time created an estranging beauty in the abandoned devastation: a scorched painting, a black mirror, a porcelain figurine covered with soot and ashes. Borghout’s intuitive decision to capture this unexpected event, resulted in a very exceptional and personal series.

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exhibition

Facing Japan

12.06.15 - 13.09.15

With the support of the Flanders Center in Osaka ten renowned Flemish photographers travelled to Japan. Marleen Daniëls, Nick Hannes, Michiel Hendryckx, Jimmy Kets, Maroesjka Lavigne, Tony Le Duc, Charlotte Lybeer , Stephan Vanfleteren, Sarah Van Marcke and Rob Walbers tried to capture Japan in their own way. A country that fires the imagination, but at the same can be very compelling.

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(Photo)sensitive

Psychiatrist Patients Portraits 1865-2015
12.06.15 - 11.10.15

The emergence of the mental institution and the early development of photography coincide around mid-nineteenth century. Psychiatrists and photographers quickly become interested in each other’s world. Until well into the twentieth century patients are photographed as a form of inventory, an attempt to document the illness rather than the ill. In the 1960’s the relationship changes: photographers start to use their pictures to denounce the abuses in psychiatry. The mental hospital as an institution is no longer evident. The fascination with photography still plays an important role in psychiatry. But the stakes have changed: the patient himself starts to work with the medium and gives an insight into his own world. (Photo)sensitive - Psychiatrists Patients Portraits 1865-2015 shows a long and intense history of unexpected and surprising recurring motifs: convulsive hands, strange bodily curves, half hidden medical instruments.

The summer also brings three other expositions: Facing Japan, Condemned and The House.
These exhibitions will be opened mid June and are a part of 80 Days of Summer festival in Ghent.

Read more
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Condemned

Robin Hammond
12.06.15 - 11.10.15

Difficult crises that have struck the population of Sub-Saharan Africa over the last fifty years, have left their mark on mental health. The care for the mentally ill is limited – the means are insufficient and the stigma is enormous. New Zealand photographer Robin Hammond, winner of the 2014 Dr. Guislain Award, portrayed these people: a voiceless minority banished to forsaken corners in churches, traumatised former child soldiers chained to rusty hospital beds, people who are doomed to spend their lives behind bars.

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exhibition

Characteristic Faces

On hawk noses and chipmunk cheeks
14.03.15 - 27.09.15

Prejudice and stereotypes are as old as humanity itself. In Ancient Greece there already was lots of speculation on the meaning of bodily and facial structures. What does the face hide? Is there a way of ‘reading’ the head? Does the ‘born criminal’ exist?

Why do we believe that the outside tells something more about the inside, about our way of thinking and our talents? Characteristic Faces. On hawk noses and chipmunk cheeks questions the relationship between inside and out and its presence in psychiatry, criminology, and the public opinion. The exhibition illustrates this intriguing but problematic history. At the same time it shows how these old notions are still present today. The role prejudice and stereotypes play in the media and in everyday life must not be underestimated.

Characteristic Faces is a coproduction with Teylers Museum in Harlem, The Netherlands.

A richly illustrated catalogue of the same name accompanies the exhibition. (Dutch and Eng., 160 p., Uitgeverij Lannoo)

Read more