Trine Søndergaard

published by: Fabrikbooks

year: 2019

designed by: Rasmus Koch Studio

250 g/m2 Arctic Silk Paper

format: 50 x 70 cm

price: € 47 – free shipping within Denmark on orders above €60

Exhibition poster from Trine Søndergaard’s solo exhibition at Skive Museum (DK) in 2019.

In Hovedtøj Trine Søndergaard created a series of images specifically for her exhibition in Skive by photographing young, local girls wearing historical headwear connected to the Skive area which Søndergaard borrowed from the collection of cultural history at Skive Museum. Nineteenth-century hats, bonnets, veils, and hair jewelry were an important identity marker for women, since it differentiated between single or married, young or old, rich or poor, and regional origin.

At a first glance, the photographs give the impression of presenting historical pictures, but upon closer inspection one discovers the minute discrepancies of time and visual clashes present in the images. By photographing the models in their own favourite clothes while wearing the historical headdresses, Søndergaard creates an anachronistic meeting ground where the small modern labels and the girls’ personal and modern jewellery marks a conspicuous tension between new and old, past and present.

These visual encounters create a condensed accumulation of time embodying both a personal, cultural and historical expression that resonate with contemporary debate on national sentiment, identity, the attitude towards headdresses and the history of women.