Unprofessional is a book that in photography and text explores Matilde Søes Rasmussen’s time as a professional model. After traveling all over the world for more than 10 years, she asks herself questions of power structures, objectification and beauty ideals. The book is a hybrid that moves between documentary and fiction, image and text, performance and lived life. In this work, Søes uses her own body to investigate how these structures affect her self-image and identity.
Southern China. 10 young women from all over the world between the ages of 15-23 sleep close together in dormitories and work during the day as models or are shown to customers. I’m the oldest. I am here both as a model and as an artist, and I have begun to photograph back and examine the gaze: who is looking at whom? I document the apartments, everyday life, the other models. Through the camera I try to understand how the model body is transformed into something almost non-bodily: capital. And I use my own body to examine in text and photography the model’s perception of the self, once one has become accustomed to constantly monitoring oneself from the outside. – Matilde Søes Rasmussen
Matilde Søes Rasmussen (born in 1990) is a Danish artist who primarily works with text, video and photography. She graduated from Fatamorgana – The Danish School of art Photography and Academy Valand in Gothenburg, where she holds a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art Photography. In addition, she has participated in the renowned Atelier Smedsby program in Paris with the artists JH Engström & Margot Wallard. Søes Rasmussen lives and works in Gothenburg, Sweden and in Copenhagen, Denmark.
* The final design is still on the drawing board.
- 23 x 31 cm
- 118 monochrome and colour plates
- 256 pages
- Text by Matilde Søes Rasmussen
- Edition of 700
- Printed in Denmark by Narayana Press
- Released April 2021