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About the photographer

Barbara Iweins is a Belgian photographer who has started her artistic career in Amsterdam where she has lived for a number of years. A collector since a tender age, Barbara continues to classify, and gather and archive her photographic subjects according to strict criteria.

Fascinated by the vulnerability of humans, she passes her time to push the boundaries of what is intimate. Her series “Au coin de ma rue” where she entered bit by bit in the private life of strangers. Or her project 7AM/7PM where she invited these same strangers to sleep at her house to capture the innocence and fragility just as they wake up. Her series “Bath” where she captured the moments of quiet solitude characterize her quest for innocence and the beauty in imperfection. Since her return to Brussels, she has retreated into her own world where she lives like a hermit working on her new project KATALOG. It’s the first time she uses her private life as a case study.

Copyright © 2022 Barbara Iweins
Without the following partner, I would have died of exhaustion:

Avec l'aide de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles

Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles

[ English ]

As a neurotic collector, collecting, ordering, categorizing and exhibiting things have always given me immense pleasure. I think that I am mainly looking for an aesthetic emotion in the assemblage of things (or ideas) that at first glance might seem incongruous or even tasteless.

I’d like to keep things as they are, but my adult life decided otherwise. After many moves and a sudden divorce in 2015, I left Amsterdam and came back to live in Brussels with my three children under my arm.

Longing for more stability in my life, I felt the urge to really lock myself into my new place. I decided then and there to push the limits of my inertia and neuroticism by getting up close and personal with my belongings and analyze all of them in detail.

From then on, for four years, room by room, drawer by drawer, I photographed, indexed and classified my entire house. Absolutely everything: from my daughters torn sock to my sons Lego, but also my vibrator, my anxiolytics... absolutely everything.

12,795 photos of 12,795 objects

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[ Français ]

Collectionneuse névrosée, j’ai toujours ressenti un profond plaisir à ordonner, catégoriser, exposer. Je recherche fondamentalement une émotion esthétique dans l’assemblage de choses & idées qui au premier abord semblent incongrues ou même insipides.

J’aimerais que rien ne bouge jamais, mais ma vie d’adulte en a décidé autrement. Après de très nombreux déménagements et un divorce soudain en 2015, j’ai quitté Amsterdam et suis revenue vivre à Bruxelles avec mes trois enfants sous le bras. Désirant plus de stabilité dans ma vie, j'ai ressenti une envie irrésistible de m’enfermer chez moi. J’ai, dès lors, décidé de repousser les limites du confinement et de ma névrose en me rapprochant encore plus de mes affaires et en les analysant en détails.

Dès lors, pendant quatre ans, pièce par pièce, tiroir par tiroir, j’ai photographié, indexé et classifié l’entièreté de ma maison. Absolument tout y est passé : de la chaussette trouée de ma fille aux Lego de mon fils en passant par mon vibromasseur, mes anxiolytiques, tout, absolument tout.

12 795 photos de 12 795 objets

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