New York Photo Review
NYPR Archives - 2010

Trine Søndergaard
Reviewer #1
Trine Søndergaard, “Strude #14” 2008

A strude is a traditional cape/facecovering that was worn by women on the small island of Farø off the coast of western Denmark as protection from the persistent wind and sand. Trine Søndergard presents a collection of beautifully crafted portraits of young women wearing these garments (it is unclear if these are contemporary or older strude.) The images themselves strive to be timeless, it is only the pale-skinned, often blue-eyed models, the strude, and a bare wall, lit by window light from the side (we are talking Johannes Vermeer here.) Of course the color saturation and clarity of the image are clearly of our time.

The strude themselves are quite beautiful, woven with rich colors, and fashioned in intricate forms, they are evocative of similar garments worn in the deserts of northern Africa or central Asia. The slight frisson of these pictures comes from this contrast of seemingly exotic garments and the pale, very northern European women wearing them. Veils and exotic cultures are not trivial subjects in the Europe of today.

Trine Søndergaard

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