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Michael Søndergaard

'RITE' and Polaroid of Sir Ian McKellen (Book and Polaroid) (Two Works), 2019

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Lot 24
Book and polaroid
12.0 x 8.9 in (30.5 x 22.5 cm)
Book: From edition of 200
Polaroid: Unique
Book: Signed by Michael Søndergaard and Sir Ian McKellen, interior page
Polaroid: Signed and dated by the artist on verso


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Pour over 'RITE,' 52 photographs from the debut series by Danish photographer, Michael Søndergaard. Ominous, delicate, private, and almost sacrificial, Søndergaard has captured the exquisite complexities and beauty of transformation and growth. Accompanying the book is a unique Polaroid of Sir Ian McKellen, whose thoughtful introduction sets the stage for the photographs featured in ‘RITE’.

Set against a baroque backdrop, Søndergaard’s subjects are luminous and resplendent; moments almost too personal to be shared and haunting in their intensity. The pages of 'RITE' are strewn with the lithe bodies of young men seemingly exiting one skin, taking on the mantle of another. The artist’s background in religious studies exerts a clear influence over his body of work in the ethereal qualities each exhibits, and their thematic exploration of rituals and rites of passage.

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About Michael Søndergaard

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.