RITE, Michael Søndergaard
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Published by The Little Black Gallery RITE showcases 52 photographs from artist Michael Søndergaard’s debut series, each eloquent image is grounded in truth, vulnerability, and the exploration of one own’s sexual identity.
Michael Søndergaard’s work is concerned with ideas of expressing and defining masculinity and identity. He produces ominously dark and eloquently beautiful portraits of fragile yet powerful subjects.
His work is informed by a personal and academic interest in religious studies which is the basis for his debut series and book RITE.
“Michael Søndergaard’s very personal collection needs no addition nor endorsement, even from a friend. His glamorous yet questioning images speak for themselves and for his own fascination with youth and its need for self-expression.
I long for the day when every veil can be set aside, all disguise discarded, so each of us whatever our gender, sexuality, age and ancestry can proudly be ourselves, and free to fly like the birds who flutter through these unique photographs.
They have beady eyes, sharp beaks and feathers to protect themselves, whether in dangerous flight or safely roosting. And whatever they are at, they are beautiful. To put this accurately into words, a poet is needed.
Fortunately, Michael Søndergaard is a poet of the camera.” – Ian McKellen
Søndergaard’s work is concerned with ideas of expressing and defining masculinity and identity. He produces ominously dark and eloquently beautiful portraits of fragile yet powerful subjects.
His work is informed by a personal and academic interest in religious studies, after studying religious science (University of Copenhagen), which is the basis for his debut series RITE (2018).
In RITE he explores the fragility of masculinity through portraits where every model is put into a ritualised and sacred context to make them sincere. Every one of the photographs communicates a sense of melancholy connected to his own personal search for identity. The title ‘Rite’ refers to the concept of a rite of passage, which is a ceremonial event that marks an individual’s transition from one stage to another.
His RITE series was exhibited at The Little Black Gallery Pop Up at Sir Ian McKellen‘s house in London (2019). Works from the series have also been exhibited at The Hospital Club London – as part of the group show Boys! Boys! Boys! with The Little Black Gallery and Paddle8 (2018); at NW Gallery Copenhagen – as part of the group show GRIEF (2018); at Haute Photographie, Rotterdam (2019); at The Ravestijn Gallery, Amsterdam – as part of Boys! Boys! Boys! (2019), and at Galerie Biesenbach Cologne as part of Boys! Boys! Boys! Pride (2019).
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