Born 1972
Lives and works in Copenhagen

Trine Søndergaard is a Danish photo-based artist. She studied drawing and painting in Aalborg and Copenhagen from 1992 to 1994, and later attended Fatamorgana – School of Art Photography in Copenhagen. Her photographic works are marked by a precision and sensibility that co-exist with an investigation of the medium of photography itself, its boundaries and what constitutes an image. Her photography is grounded in an objective and documentary attitude, heightened through both reduction and poetic narratives.

A central theme in Trine Søndergaard’s oeuvre is vision and the gaze, which, in the majority of her projects. She utilises a circular visual poetics, in which motifs and phrases from earlier works create 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. Trine Søndergaard’s work is layered with meaning and quiet emotion, and her work often revolves around existential questions that are equally personal and universal. Søndergaard’s work explores what it means to be human, and while her work is often initiated by a personal angle, it also contains an overall exploration of more general phenomas related to historical, cultural and gender related questions.

In 2000, Trine Søndergaard received the Albert Renger Patzsch Award and has since received numerous grants and fellowships, including the Anne Marie Telmányi’s honorary award for female artists. Søndergaard’s work has been featured in many international group and solo exhibitions, most recently at Dunkers Kulturhus, Gl. Holtegaard and Gothenburg Art Museum. She is represented in major public and private collections all over the world and has completed public commissions for both museums and cultural institutions.

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Public Collections

Montreal Museum of Fine Art-Canada
The J.Paul Getty Museum-USA
Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena, Italy
Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem, Israel
Gothenburg Museum of Art, Gothenburg, Sweden
Museum Kunst der Westküste, Germany
ARoS, Aarhus Art Museum, DK
The Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Ireland
Art Pradier Collection, Schweiz
Musée d’Art Moderne André Malraux, France
The National Museum of Art, Norway
Cornell Fine Arts Museum, USA
Statoil Art Collection, Norway
Nykredit, Denmark
Fanø Art Museum, DK
Skagens Art Museum, DK
Bornholms Art Museum, DK
Kunstmuseet i Tønder, DK
Kunsten – Museum of Modern Art Aalborg, DK
National Museum of Women in the Arts, UK
Art Foundation Mallorca
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain
Fondation Neuflize Vie, Paris, France
The New Carlsberg Foundation
The Danish Arts Foundation, DK
Maison Européenne de la Photographie, France
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA
Hasselblad Foundation, Sweden
Museet for Fotokunst, Brandts, DK
The National Museum of Photography, DK
MUSAC, Leon, Spain
Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Japan
Skive Museum, DK
Le Delta – Province de Namur, Belgium

Awards and Grants

Anne Marie Telmanyi født Carl Nielsens Fond,  honoary grant
Ole Haslunds Kunstnerfond 2017, honoary grant
The New Carlsberg Foundation’s Artist’s Grant 2017, honoary grant
Poeten Poul Sørensens og fru Susanne Sørensens Legat, 2014, honoary grant
Aage and Yelva Nimbs Fond, 2012, honoary grant
Anne Marie Telmanyi, født Carl-Nielsens Fond, 2012, honoary grant
The Academy Council, Denmark, 2010, honoary grant
Nomination for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2006, 2011, 2014, UK
Three-year working grant, the Danish Arts Foundation, 2009-2011, Denmark
Fogtdals Rejselegat 2009, Denmark, honoary grant
Special Jury Prize 2006, Paris Photo 2006, France
Niels Wessel Bagge Arts Foundation, 1998, Denmark, honoary grant
The Albert Renger-Patzsch Prize, 2000, Germany
Joop Swart World Press Master Class, 2000, The Netherlands
Award for a young artist, Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, 1998, DK
The New Carlsberg Foundation
The Danish Arts Agency
The Danish Arts Foundation
Ragnvald og Ida Blix Fond
Københavns Kommunes Billedkunstråd
Nordea Danmark Fonden
The National Workshop for Arts and Crafts
The Danish Ministry of Culture Development Fund

Solo / Trine Søndergaard

2021 Den Sorte Diamant, DK
2021 Gl. Holtegaard, DK
2020 Dunkers Kulturhus, SE
2020 Göteborg Kunstmuseum, SE
2019 Skive Museum, DK
2019 La maison Du Danemark, FR
2018 Nearer the Time, Martin Asbæk Gallery, DK
2018 MuMa Le Havre, FR
2018 A Reflection, Bruce Silverstein Gallery, N.Y. USA
2017 Brandts13, Odense, DK
2016 Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, USA
2015 Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, DK
2013 Stasis, Ffotogallery, Cardiff, Wales, UK
2013 Monochrome Portraits, Hagedorn Foundation Gallery, Atlanta, USA
2012 Still, Martin Asbæk Gallery, DK
2012 Strude, Museum Kunst der Westküste, Föhr, DE
2011 Memento, Bildkultur, Stuttgart, DE
2011 Strude, Kunstmuseet i Tønder, DK
2011 Blyge blikk, Adolph Tidemand & Trine Søndergaard, Nationalmuseet, Norway
2011 The Volta Show, New York, solo presentation by Martin Asbæk Gallery
2010 Monochrome Portraits, City Art Museum, Ljubjana, Slovenia
2010 Strude II, Trine Søndergaard, Galleri Kant, Fanø, DK
2010 Trine Søndergaard, Bruce Silverstein Gallery, N.Y. USA
2010 Monochrome Portraits, Nessim Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
2010 Strude, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, DK
2009 Mono, Galleri Image, Aarhus, Denmark
2009 Monochrome Portraits, Martin Asbæk Gallery, DK
2008 Trine Søndergaard, Galleri Kant, Sønderho, DK
2003 Now That You Are Mine, Filosofgangen, Odense, DK (catalogue)
2003 Versus, Thorvaldsens Museum, DK (catalogue)
2001 Now That You Are Mine, Nederlands Foto Instituut, The Netherlands
2000 Now That You Are Mine, IFSAK, Istanbul, Tyrkey
1998 Neighbours, International Meetings of Photography, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
1996 Kom de bagfra, Kanonhallen, DK

Solo / Trine Søndergaard & Nicolai Howalt

2013 Bruce Silverstein Gallery, N.Y. USA
2013 Birds, Trees and Hunting Scenes, Kunsthal Nord, DK
2012 How to Hunt, Maison du Danemark, Paris, FR
2011 How to Hunt, Galleri Format, Malmø, SE
2010 How to Hunt, ARoS, Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, DK
2009 Tree Zone, Volta, New York, USA
2007 How to Hunt, Fotografins Hus, Stockholm, SE
2007 Hunting Grounds, Parisian Laundry, Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal, Canada (catalogue)
2007 How to Hunt, Bruce Silverstein Gallery, N.Y, USA
2006 Statement, Paris Photo, Paris, France (catalogue)
2006 How to Hunt, Gallery Poller, Frankfurt, DE
2006 How to Hunt, Faaborg Museum of Fine Art, Faaborg, DK (catalogue)
2005 How to Hunt, Martin Asbæk Projects, Copenhagen, DK

Group Shows / Trine Søndergaard

2020 BACK VIEW – Figures against the tide, Le Delta – Province de Namur, Belgium
2020 Doors in Contemporary Art, Städtische Galerie – Bietigheim-Bissingen
2020 Billboard Festival Istanbul, Turkey
2020 Face to Face, Thorvaldsen Museum, DK
2020 Grønningen, Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, DK
2019 Grønningen, Gl. Strand, DK
2018 Cool, Calm and Collected. AROS, DK
2018 Elmgreen & Dragset, Trine Søndergaard, Chan-Hyo Bae, Bærum Kunsthal, Norway
2018 Grønningen, Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, DK
2018 Reload, Museum Kunst der Westkuste, Föhr, DE
2017 Teser, Rundetårn, Copenhagen, DK
2016 Summer in the City, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, DK
2016 Vråudstillingen, DK
2015 Dejavu, Skagen Odde Naturcenter, Skagen, DK
2015 Grønningen 100 år, Den Fri Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen, DK
2015 Femina, Pavillon du Vendome, Paris, FR
2014 Art and Coast, Museum Kunst der Westküste, Föhr, DE
2014 Summer in the City, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, DK
2014 Bikuben, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, USA
2014 Still Life, Charlotte Fogh Gallery, Aarhus, DK
2014 Best Photobooks of the Year, PHE14, The National Library, Madrid, Spain
2014 Contemporary Art from Denmark, European Central Bank, Frankfurt, DE
2014 OMHANDLING! Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen, DK
2013 Everyone Carries a Room Inside, Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem, Israel
2013 Nyförvärv, Göteborgs Konstmuseum, SE
2013 Nordic Art Station, Eskilstuna, SE
2013 Summer in the City, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, DK
2013 State of the Art, Copenhagen Photo Festival, DK
2013 From Ingegerd to Estelle, Sigtuna Museum, Sigtuna, SE
2013 Still Life/Work Life, The Hasselblad Foundation, Göteborg, SE
2013 Das Nahe und die Ferne, Künslterhaus Dortmund, Dortmund, DE
2013 Cool Nordic, The Kennedy Center, Washington, USA
2013 Tunnel Vision, Portalen, Greve, DK
2012 New Nordic, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, DK
2012 Grønningen, Copenhagen, DK
2012 A Journey Through a Nordic Fairytale, Danish Contemporary Art, Guided by Invoices, NY, USA
2011 L’Enigme du portrait: La Collection Neuflize Vie – Musée d’Art Contemporain, Marseille, FR
2011 Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Japan
2011 Danmark Under Forvandling, Gl. Holtegaard, DK
2011 Steder, Danmark Under Forvandling, Heart Herning Museum of Art, DK
2010 Grønningen, DK
2010 Danmark Under Forvandling, Museet for Fotokunst, Brandts, Odense, DK (catalog)
2010 Kunstforeningen af 14 august, Danish Museum of Art and Design, DK
2010 Summer in the City, Martin Asbæk Gallery, DK
2010 Sguardi E Voci Giovani Sull’Europa, Real Academia de España en Roma, Italy (catalog)
2010 X-Tra Light, Kant Esbjerg, DK
2010 I Love You, ARoS Aarhus Museum of Art, Aarhus, DK (catalogue)
2010 This Way 10, Museet for Fotokunst, Brandts, Odense, DK
2009 Altid som aldrig før, Skagen Art Museum, Skagen, DK (catalogue)
2009 D-Stop, O’born Contemporary, Toronto, Canada
2008 Present Perfect Portraits, Martin Asbæk Projects, DK
2007 Reality Crossings, Wilhelm Hack Museum, DE
2006 I Skumringen, Galleri Larm, Copenhagen, DK
2006 Scandinavian Photography, Houston, USA (catalogue)
2006 New Photography, Scandinavia House, New York, USA (catalogue)
2006 Closed Eyes, Museet for Fotokunst, Brandts, Odense, DK
2006 The Open Book, The National Museum of Photography, Copenhagen, DK (catalogue)
2005 Scandinavian Photography, Faulconer Gallery, Iowa, USA (catalogue)
2006 Emergencias, MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Spain (catalogue)
2005 Young Portfolio Acquisition 2004, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Japan (catalogue)
2004 Body, Galleri GimEis, Copenhagen, DK (catalogue)
2004 Pro, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, DK
2004 Kvinder stiller skarpt, Dannerhuset, Copenhagen, DK
2003 Fra objektiv til objekt, Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen, DK
2003 Making Eyes, Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen, DK, (catalogue)
2003 www.woman2003.dk, billboard exhibition, Copenhagen/Malmø, DK/SE (catalogue)
2002 Never Ending Story, billboard exhibition, Copenhagen, DK
2001 Faces And Figures, Scandinavian House, New York, USA
2001 Repor På En Slat Yta, Hasselblad Center, Göteborg, SE
2001 Scrathes on A Smooth Surface, Hasselblad Center, Göteborg, SE
2001 Spejlkabinettet, Museet for Fotokunst, Brandts, Odense, DK
1999 Young Danish Photography, Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen, DK (catalogue)
1999 From The Hidden, The National Museum of Photography, Copenhagen, DK
1999 Modern Times, Hasselblad Center, Göteborg, SE (catalogue)
1998 1000 år 10, Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, DK
1997 PRO – Nu da du er min, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, DK (catalogue)
1996 Fra alle os til alle jer, Albertslund Rådhus, Albertslund, DK

Group Shows / Trine Søndergaard & Nicolai Howalt

2013 Flora Danica, Natural History Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen, DK
2012 Lys over Lolland, DK
2012 Summer In The City, Martin Asbæk Gallery, DK
2012 Skabt af tiden, The National Museum, DK, (catalogue)
2012 SÅDAN SET – romantik i dansk nutidskunst, Rønnebæksholm, DK (catalogue)
2011 Myter Om Den Nære Fremtid, Fotografisk Center, DK (catalogue)
2011 Scandinavian Forest, Melk Gallery, Akershus Artcenter Lillestrøm, Norway
2010 Vrå-udstillingen, guest, DK
2010 KUP, Hans Alf Gallery, Copenhagen, DK
2010 I Love You, ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, Aarhus, DK (catalogue)
2010 Jagten – på noget andet, Johannes Larsen Museet, Kerteminde, DK (catalogue)
2009 Summer in the City, Martin Asbæk Gallery, DK
2008 Musée Historique et des Porcelaines, Ville de Nyon, FR (catalogue)
2008 Grønningen, guest, Bornholm Art Museum, DK (catalogue)
2008 Parallel Landscapes, Gallery Myymälä2, Helsinki, Finland
2008 Springtime, Henningsen Contemporary, Copenhagen, DK
2008 Hunting Grounds, Max Estrella Gallery, Madrid, Spain
2008 On hunting, Gallery Andreas Grimm, Münich, DE
2008 Danskjävlar, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, DK (catalogue)
2007 Lys over Lolland, DK (catalogue)
2007 Lianzhou International Photo Festival, Lianzhou, China
2007 Existencias, MUSAC – Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Spain (catalogue)
2007 Mia Sundberg Galleri, Stockholm, SE
2007 Salon 1, Museumsbygningen, DK
2007 The Animal Show, Galleri Hornbæk, DK
2007 New Journal, Møstings Hus, Frederiksberg, DK
2007 One Shot Each, Museet for Fotokunst, Brandts, Odense, DK (catalogue)
2007 Acquisitions 1999-2006, Fondation Neuflize, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, FR
2007 Hunter & Gatherer, Gallery Ferenbalm-Gurbrü Station, Karlsruhe, DE
2007 New Photography From Denmark, Houston, USA (catalogue)
2006 Summer in The City II, Martin Asbæk Projects, Copenhagen, DK
2006 Artist Choise, Bendixen Contemporary, Copenhagen, DK
2006 Another Adventure, Style Cube Zandari, Seoul, Korea (catalogue)
2006 New Adventures, Danish Contemporary Photography & Video, China (catalogue)
2006 New Adventures, Danish Contemporary Photography & Video, Korea (catalogue)
2006 Summer in The City, Martin Asbæk Projects, Copenhagen, DK
2003 Familiebilleder, Kunsthallen Brænderigaarden, Viborg, DK (catalogue)
2000 Longterm Projects, Underground, Galleri Asbæk, Copenhagen, DK