Mette Tronvoll: Sonja
In the summer of 2013, the internationally renowned Norwegian photographer Mette Tronvoll met Queen Sonja in the south Norwegian Verdens Ende (»End of the World)«. A series of portraits resulted, differing a lot from the official royal house photos made in the castle or at official occasions. Tronvoll portrayed the Queen very informally in the nature – surrounded by cliffs, blue sky and the see on the background – without any royal attributes or other visual signs of her official role.Sonja # 4, Verdens Ende, C-print, 2014, 120 x 120 cm | © Mette Tronvoll
, born in 1965, became famous in the 90ies, with her double portraits, where a completely neutral background, did not reveal any additional information of the photographed person. Later she included the surroundings or the landscape in the pictures like in the series »Portraits and Architecture« (2002) and »Svalbard« (2013).
Tronvoll studied at Parsons School of Design / The New School for Social Research in New York. She lived in Berlin from 1999 to 2007, interrupted by a one-year scholarship on the Cité des Arts in Paris 2001. Since 2007 she has been living and working in Oslo. For example Kunsthalle zu Kiel, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm und the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York have bought her works.www.tronvoll.net
Her series »Svalbard« will be shown in Edvard-Munch-Haus, in Warnemünde
from 14 June to 20 July