Michael Søndergaard

The Little Black Gallery is delighted to exclusively represent and manage Danish photo-artist and film maker Michael Søndergaard (b 1988).

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.

Highlights from RITE series have been exhibited at The Hospital Club London – as part of the group show Boys! Boys! Boys! with The Little Black Gallery and Paddle8 (September 2018); at NW Gallery Copenhagen – as part of the group show GRIEF (November 2018); at Haute Photographie, Rotterdam  (February 2019); and at The Ravestijn Gallery, Amsterdam – as part of Boys! Boys! Boys! (March 2019).  They will next be included in the group show Boys! Boys! Boys! at Galerie Biesenbach Cologne (July 5-7).


60cm x 40cm archival pigment print
Edition of 10
£700 (+ frame + tax)

30cm x 20cm
Edition of 5
£470 (+ frame + tax)

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