The seven villages surrounding Eindhoven once knew blooming industries of their own, revolving around locally sourced raw materials. In Best, for instance, the poplar trees in and around the village were used in the clog-making industry. And the heathlands just outside Geldrop were used to graze sheep that would supply the wool mills with wool. The industries disappeared as the competition from outside Europe became too strong, but they have left a lasting impression on each of the villages. With Seven Museums, Rachel Santegoets has brought the industrial past back to life. Her virtual passe-partouts place the remaining factories back into the landscape that supplied the raw materials. Old factories come back to life among the poplars, heath, flax and wheat in her characteristic round frames.
Photo by Joost Govers