Mathias (from RITE series), 2018
Sheet: 23.62 x 15.75 in (60 x 40 cm)
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The present photograph comes from the artist’s series entitled ‘RITE,’ described as a visual exploration of the fragility of masculinity through the use of portraiture. The artist’s choice in titling his series comes from the concept of rites of passage, or ritualistic experiences marking one’s transition from one stage in life to another. Søndergaard’s portraits feel on the one hand ominous and melancholy, yet ethereal and beautifully delicate.
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Michael Søndergaard (Danish, b. 1988) is a contemporary photographer based in Copenhagen. Søndergaard often works with the culture and identity of the youth. Focusing on portraiture, Søndergaard studied Religion Science at University of Copenhagen. Using his background in religion science, Søndergaard evokes liminal power of rituals and applies those perforative and aesthetic elements of transference in his photography.