Maske i šalovi izazivaju hladnoću, a ne obratno.
Renesansa u danskim selima.
Ptice umiru u zraku.
Strude #16. 2008. Chromogenic print. 23 x 23 inches
Strude #27. 2008. Chromogenic print. 23 x 23 inches
Strude #19. 2008. Chromogenic print. 23 x 23 inches
Strude #20. 2008. Chromogenic print. 23 x 23 inches
Strude #17. 2008. Chromogenic print. 23 x 23 inches
For a period of the three years Danish photographer TRINE SØNDERGARD visited the Danish island of Fanø to take theses portraits of local women dressed up in their traditional costumes.
“My work with Strude began at a local museum on a small Danish island where women’s folk dresses were exhibited on faceless cloth dummies. The colours were intense and the detail intricate, but it was the mask-like hood that drew my eye. A garment called a “strude”, worn by women in the past to protect their faces against the elements and still worn at the annual fête I returned to year after year to make the work.”
SØNDERGARD’s approach to this series is not as an ethnographic nor typographical study, but rather reveals an attention to almost imperceptible moods and elements—how much is visible, what is said and what is unsaid, what is exposed and what is unexposed.
Read more about her work via Ahorn magazine
You have to make an effort walking through Trine Søndergaard’s exhibition
Monochrome Portraits. Each photographhas its own muted, dark color that
flows across a wooden frame hand-painted in the same shade. You have to
find the right distance and angle to even see the person portrayed. Glanced
from a distance, or moving just slightly toone side, they disappear into the
image, leaving the viewer with a dark, monochrome surface. The portraits
constantly threaten to disappear. But they also constantly re-emerge in the
meeting with the viewer. These are portraits that are almost not there. And
they are almost not portraits. With Monochrome Portraits Trine Søndergaard
challenges and renews the conventions of the genre. The people in the
portraits are photographed sitting alone with their gaze lowered or their head
turned away so only their profile or the nape of their neck is visible. We are
witness to a private and quiet moment, with the model meditatively withdrawn
into their inner self. Unlike classical representative portraits, the images have
no apparent ambition to expose the soul and personality or status and life of
the individual. Instead, the series seeks to visualize a state of mind. Maybe it
is connected to melancholy, maybe a kind of resignation. It is difficult to label
precisely, since the state is elusive and withholds something that cannot be
communicated visually or verbally.The portraits may show a mental space the
individual has withdrawn into, but they also make it clear that we as outsiders
have no access to that space. With this enigmatic expression, Monochrome
Portraits breaks with dominant perceptions of the photographic portrait.
Text by Ph.D Mette Mortensen
Translation by Jane Rowley