Denmark

Trine Søndergaard

www.trinesondergaard.com

Biography

Internationally acclaimed visual artist Trine Søndergaard was born in Denmark in 1972. She is represented by Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, and Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York.

Trine Søndergaard’s work is marked by a precision and a sensibility that co-exist with an investigation of the medium of photography, its boundaries and what constitutes an image. Layered with meaning and quiet emotion, her works are highly acclaimed for their visual intensification of our perception of reality.

In 2000 she was awarded The Albert Renger-Patzsch Prize and has since received numerous grants and fellowships, including a three-year working grant from the Danish Arts Foundation. Trine Søndergaard’s work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions around the world, and is represented in major public collections including MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Spain; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA; the Hasselblad Foundation, Sweden; the Israel Museum, Jerusalem and the Danish Arts Foundation, Denmark. In addition, she has completed public commissions for both museums and cultural institutions.

Trine Søndergaard has published books with Steidl, Hatje Cantz and Hassla Books. She has also exhibited and published extensively in collaboration with the Danish artist Nicolai Howalt.

Portfolio

Aegis

A series of silent portraits of a young female figure balances in the same way on the borderline between the open and the closed. She only partially shows her face, just enough to make us curious, but her hands protect and screen her from the surrounding world and an exchange of gazes with the viewer is prevented. The portraits of the anonymous girl – who is not a child but not an adult either – stand as frozen fragments in an enigmatic narrative beyond time and place. In an interplay with the knotted tree roots, our thoughts are directed towards the encounter between simplicity and complexity, ease and suffering of which all life is made.

Portfolio

Callus

In the series Callus – Latin for ‘hard skin’ and a term for the protective scar tissue formed by trees when they are wounded – we see a number of large scale photographs of damaged tree roots lying exposed and in the healing process. With their organic forms and processes they can be regarded as visualizations of the strangely contrastful and continu­ously changing nature of existence; how life ties itself in knots, expands and contracts, twists and dislocates, opens and heals wounds. As fragments of nature, the temporal and spatial anchoring of the roots is not negotiable, but in the photographs they have been detached from their original context and now stand as isolated, floating, staged objects enlarged to the scale of the body. Cautiously they open up from an unknown place and invite us to explore an at once very close and remote world – or another layer of reality.

Portfolio

Stasis

Stasis by Trine Søndergaard brings together works from three recent series exploring stillness and introspection. Different historical time periods and materials meet: By combining images of contemporary women wearing historical dresses and head covers, girls in modern garments wearing 18th century gold embroidered bonnets, and evocative interiors of uninhabited Danish manor houses, Søndergaard creates a universe, which is neither past nor present, fact nor fiction.

Trine Søndergaard’s oeuvre is marked by a precision and a sensibility that co-exist with an investigation of the medium of photography and its boundaries. Layered with meaning and quiet emotion, the works are highly acclaimed for their visual intensification of our perception of reality.