The Boghossian Foundation – Villa Empain is exceptionally closed on Thursday 20 June. We thank you for your understanding and look forward to welcoming you from Friday 21 June, until 8 September for the visit of the exhibition Josef and Anni Albers.


‘The World We Dig’ is a work by the artist Guilyan Pépin, which he realised as part of his Masters in photography at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels. The project refers to the ambiguity of the quarry landscapes in Belgium. Between the visual beauty of the material there on the one hand and the industrial horror of exploitation on the other, these landscapes are caught in the grip of contradictory emotions. Pépin portrays this ambiguity in his photographs. The stone in its rough, natural splendour, is contrasted with more cold, greyish and hard photos of the concrete used for our modern buildings, of which the ingredients are found in these quarries.

  • Title: ‘The World We Dig’ (1/3, 2/3, 3/3)
  • Date: 2021
  • Medium: photography
  • Dimensions:
    • 1/3: 47 x 55 cm
    • 2/3: 47 x 55 cm
    • 3/3: 25 x 21,4 cm

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