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Trine Søndergaard – Göteborgs konstmuseum

Trine Søndergaard
148 Works
18 April – 20 September 2020

The landscapes and mirrorings of memory, silent inner rooms, and women’s occupations and roles through history. The Danish photographer Trine Søndergaard opened her first solo exhibition in a museum in Sweden.

A fundamental theme in Trine Søndergaard’s oeuvre is vision and the gaze. In the majority of her many projects, they also constitute the main work method. She utilises a circular visual poetics, in which motifs and phrases from earlier works reverberate, creating meaningful connections. This takes place in a spirit of both playfulness and contemplation, in a balance between the spontaneous and the precise, the planned and the accidental. She creates works that put their own existence at stake, which challenge their own practice.

Trine Søndergaard’s photography is grounded in an objective and documentary attitude, which is heightened through reduction, poetically flowing narratives, and an absolute proximity to art history. It contains equal parts of the everyday and the solemn, and since her debut, the artist’s production has been characterised by undercurrents of melancholy, loss, and the idea of the image as a mental state beyond language. The exhibition featured photographic works from the period 2005-2020.

Trine Søndergaard (b 1972, Denmark) is based in Copenhagen. She works and exhibits internationally. Recently, her work has been presented in exhibitions at Silver Street Studios in Houston, USA; the Modern Museum in Le Havre, France, as well as at the Skive Museum in Denmark. During the past year she has also exhibited in Copenhagen, Paris, New York, and Atlanta.

A comprehensive exhibition catalogue was published in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition. It contains newly written material by Kristine Kern, Museum Director at Fotografisk Center in Copenhagen and Merete Pryds Helle, one of Denmarks most notable fiction authors. The design is made by award winning Rasmus Koch.


Image: Trine Søndergaard, Untitled, Reflection #6, 2014–2016 (The image is cropped), Gothenburg Museum of Art.