Matilde Søes Rasmussen

Shortlisted for The Rencontres d’Arles Photo Text Book Award 2021

Through photography and text, Danish artist Matilde Søes Rasmussen explores her time as a professional model in Asia. Having spent more than a decade in the industry, she now turns her attention to questioning its power structures, beauty ideals, and objectification. Unprofessional is a playful and crushing book that moves between documentary and fiction, performance and real life, wherein Rasmussen uses her own body to investigate how these structures impact her self-image and identity.

The book is a mix self-portraits alongside still lifes, landscapes, and photographs of friends and acquaintances. We see fruits cut in half, a naked back and the model sitting lost in a studio wearing a green fur and swim flippers. A kaleidoscope of colour and form envelops her as she shapeshifts through the pages: hair spiky then slicked; makeup natural then extreme; naked then exquisitely dressed. Short texts, almost like diary entries, punctuate the book, revealing Rasmussen’s first-hand experiences and reflections. Unprofessional is an attempt to find meaning in a career as a model, as an ever-changing character, and as something that is constantly being assessed, bought and admired.

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 and in 2021 she received a one-year working grant from The Swedish Arts Council. Rasmussen lives and works in Gothenburg, Sweden and in Copenhagen, Denmark.

  • Screen printed hardcover with tip-in
  • ISBN 978-87-970520-8-2
  • 21 x 28 cm
  • 129 colour & 9 monochrome plates
  • 240 pages
  • Text by Matilde Søes Rasmussen
  • Edition of 600
  • Printed in Denmark by Narayana Press
  • Released 29 April 2021

A very limited amount of signed copies are available while stoks last here

Fotografisk Tidsskrift
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Brad Feuerhelm / Nearest Truth
British Journal of Photography
Vogue Italia
Fisheye Magazine
Colin Pantall / PHmuseum
Les Rencontres d’Arles Photo-Text Book Award 2021

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