TIL VÆGS / UNTITLED
The black-and-white works in the series Untitled show a number of women whose faces are hidden behind their long hair. The hair is loose and slips down the head and around the neck like a garment.
There are clues that these women are in the middle of life. The hair is graying at different stages as a sign of the aging process that gradually changes the body as we get older. The hair is ambiguous. In an almost surreal way, Søndergaard presents it both dead and alive, as an extension of the body and as object, respectively.
We know long hair as an expression of feminine beauty, seduction and sex appeal. But gray hair, on the other hand, is rarely part of the culture’s stereotypical image of feminine sensuality.
With this series of images, Søndergaard focuses on a phase in the life of women that is portrayed to a much lesser extent in comparison to the way in which youth is celebrated in our culture; a transition that is an inevitable part of life, but still takes place in silence, is fraught with shame and invisibility.
Trine Søndergaard’s work is layered with meaning and quiet emotions, and her work often revolves around existential issues that are equally personal and universal. Søndergaard’s work explores what it means to be human, and although her work is often initiated by a personal angle, it also contains an overall exploration of more general phenomena related to historical, cultural and gender-related issues.
Trine Søndergaard (born 1972 in Denmark, lives and works in Copenhagen) is one of the Nordic region’s most important artists, and one of the few Danish photographers who has made an international impact. She made her debut in the 1990s and has since experienced steadily growing interest. Søndergaard has received the prestigious August Renger Patzsch Award, published award-winning books and has exhibited at home and abroad. Her work is represented in a number of international collections, including J. Paul Getty Museum in the United States and the National Photo Collection at the Royal Library in Denmark.
The exhibition can be seen on the seven publicly displayed diode screens every day of the week from 9 AM to 7 PM.