The strude is the name of the mask-like garment that was worn by women on the Danish island of Fanø to cover their faces from the wind, sun, and sand. This style of dress, now considered a traditional costume, is worn only for an annual fête day. For three years, Søndergaard visited the island for this celebration and photographed the women by a window in a small attic as they dressed for the festivities, focusing on the strude headdress.

It becomes evident that these straightforward images are, in fact, loaded. The current polemic of veiling, the incongruity between the clothing and the time period, and the inward gaze of the sitter invite the viewer to pause, and contemplate these photographs and their meaning. Søndergaard’s approach to this series is not as an ethnographic or typographical study, but rather a focus on almost imperceptible moods and elements— how much is visible, what is said and what is unsaid, what is exposed and what is unexposed.


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Strude #27, 2008-2009
Chromogenic print mounted to dibond
Work: 12 x 12 in (30.48 x 30.48 cm)
Frame: 14 x 14 x 2 in (35.56 x 35.56 x 5.08 cm)
3 of 5
Courtesy of artist and Bruce Silverstein Gallery, NY
Signed, titled, and dated on verso

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Trine Sondergaard
Strude #27
  • Dimensions
    12 x 12 in (30.48 x 30.48 cm)