Landscapes and silent spaces, reflections and serial narratives about women’s role throughout history – these are just some of the themes that Trine Søndergaard’s photographs address in the artist’s solo exhibition at Gothenburg Museum of Art.

Meaningful connections

Trine Søndergaard’s works are often characterized by a quiet sense of drama. She portrays spaces, landscapes, plants and people in photographic series featuring recurring images and tiny displacements. In a circular visual working process, images from earlier works are reproduced and enter into meaningful connections, always in a delicate balance between the spontaneous and the precise, the planned and the random.

The documentary approach that characterizes Søndergaard’s photographs is given added nuance in poetic, flowing narratives with roots in art history. She adds spaces to the reality she observes; spaces that viewers can peek into, dwell on or let their gaze wander over. 

Her work allows equal room for the mundane and the solemn, and undercurrents of melancholy, loss and the notion of the image as a mental state beyond language are recurring themes.

Exhibition and catalogue

The exhibition Trine Søndergaard 148 Works is shown at the Gothenburg Museum of Art from 18 April until 20 September 2020 and presents 148 art photographs from 2005–2020. An extensive catalogue has been created for the exhibition in a collaboration between the artist, the museum, the authors and the designer. The exhibition catalogue features new texts, written for the occasion, and lavish illustrations and offers a poetic introduction to Trine Søndergaard’s artistic oeuvre. The catalogue is published with support from the New Carlsberg Foundation.

About Trine Søndergaard

Trine Søndergaard (b. 1972) lives and works in Copenhagen and is considered one of the most important Danish art photographers. She has received a number of accolades, including the Albert Renger-Patzscg Prize in 2000 and the New Carlsberg Foundation’s Artist Grant in 2017. Her work is widely represented in museums in Denmark and abroad, including the National Museum of Photography and Skive Museum in Denmark, MUSAC in León, Spain, the National Museum in Oslo, The Israel Museum in Jerusalem and Maison Européenne de la Photographie in France.