The majority of my subject matter’s motivation is rooted in the westernization of my home country in the 1990s. During that time, the goal was to forget Slovenias socialist past and make capitalism a success story. Growing up with American imagery and values on TV and in music and print, the American spirit was communicated through established symbols. This resulted in an attraction to the American symbolism, which I started incorporating into my photographic work when I moved to the so-called “land of the free.” The d
Compiling more than ten projects and spanning fifteen years of artistic work the book Trine Søndergaard: 203 Works presents the most comprehensive collection of images ever assembled in book form by the internationally acclaimed Danish artist.
Published by The Gothenburg Museum of Art and Fabrikbooks in 2020, the book Trine Søndergaard: 203 Works brings together 203 meticulously selected works displaying an extensive view into the many facetted aspects of Søndergaard’s oeuvre: The early landscape pictures in the How to Hunt series (2005-10); evocative interiors of empty Danish manor houses in the Interior series (2010); contemplative portraits of young girls wearing historical headwear in the Strude (2007-10), Guldnakke (2012-13) and Hovedtøj (2019) series; and brand new images, published for the first time, along with several other significant works.
Altogether, photographs that span Søndergaard’s career as one of the most influential contemporary Scandinavian photographers.
“Trine Søndergaard’s work … contains equal parts of the everyday and the solemn, and since her debut, the artist’s production has been characterized by undercurrents of melancholy, loss, and the idea of the image as a mental state beyond language. … She utilises a circular visual poetics, in which motifs and phrases from earlier works reverberate, creating meaningful connections. … Taken as a whole, the artist’s prismatically fragmented works provide an imagery for human states of consciousness and memory on a both personal and societal level.” – Curator Johan Sjöström.
Curator Johan Sjöström, Danish author Merete Pryds Helle and art historian Kristine Kern contributes to the publication with new texts dealing comprehensively and poetically with Søndergaard’s art.
ream was realized, but the realities were much different from those presented to me as a child.