Matilde Søes Rasmussen and Marie Flarup Kristensen. The offspring of an artistic collaboration where care, trust, and an interest in mythic female existences are all elements
Matilde Søes Rasmussen – Nowhere
«All my life I have practiced crying on command. It was mostly when I sat on the toilet and could see myself in
the zigzag mirror from Ikea that hung on the toilet door. I need to be able to see myself to really get into the mood, to feel sorry for myself.
Sorry for all the unfair things that have happened to me through life. Sometimes I wave my hands in front of my eyes to get an airflow directly onto the eyeball, it is not cheating if that is what you are thinking. Then I hold my phone up to my face and open the camera in selfie mode.
Sometimes I hope there really is someone watching me through the screen. Someone who might discover me and my talent. This is also why I write a diary, should I be discovered after my death».
The Artistic statement of Matilde Søes Rasmussen & Marie Flarup Kristensen
Macho Bengal is the ongoing collaboration of the two artists Matilde Søes Rasmussen & Marie Flarup Kristensen.
«Taking a person’s picture usually means symbolically possessing them. In our work we strive for the roles of the dominant and the dominated to be questioned, aiming to transform the battle of the shooting lens into a love story.
In the Macho Bengal series we investigate the female gaze, trying to find a way of revealing ourselves while performing simultaneously as both subject and object. Our work is the offspring of an artistic collaboration where care, trust, and an interest in mythic female existences are all elements.
We like drama and to stick our high heels into the dark mud. With the help of references to popular culture, exaggeration and humor, we try to reveal the stereotypical by overplaying. In our practice that moves freely between photography, writing, film and installation we explore the relationship between a photographer and her subject. What happens when the passive model becomes the creator?»
Matilde Søes Rasmussen, Marie Flarup Kristensen
The artist duo Matilde Søes Rasmussen (1990) and Marie Flarup Kristensen (1992), born and raised in Denmark, and both hold a BFA in Fine Art Photography from HDK-Valand Academy of Art and Design in Gothenburg, Sweden. Together they have created two exhibitions and participated in two residencies. Marie has spent the past year working as the personal assistant of french artist Pauline Curnier Jardin, and Matilde has published her debut book of text and photography Unprofessional with Disko Bay Books in Copenhagen.