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Henriette Sabroe Ebbesen


Naked woman standing with a golden fabric
Golden My, Feminine Development, 2020. © Henriette Sabroe Ebbesen

Danish photographer Henriette Sabroe Ebbesen is coming to Fotografiska with her Kaleidoscope exhibition, where she blurs the line between photography and painting, reality and fantasy – and explores the human psyche and body.

Oranges in water with a kaleidoscopic Still Life
Oranges, Kaleidoscopic Still Life, 2016. © Henriette Sabroe Ebbesen
Pink tulips in water
Pink Tulips, Kaleidoscopic Still Life, 2019. © Henriette Sabroe Ebbesen

intersection between science and art

Mirrors, reflections, illusions, and surrealism. These are some of Henriette Sabroe Ebbesen’s lodestars, where she explores how the human body, the psyche, and the world in general can be visualized and interpreted depending on the eye and mind of the beholder. As a trained medical doctor, she is interested in the intersection between science and art, which is often be seen in her works. The acclaimed Danish photographer is now coming to Fotografiska Stockholm with the Kaleidoscope exhibition, which opens on Friday February 23.

"standing between two worlds"

“I try to bend reality so the observer can experience something other than the reality we are used to; I want them to think about what is reality in what we see. Since I come from a scientific field, I often find myself standing between two worlds, with one foot in the world of science and one in the world of art,” says Henriette Sabroe Ebbesen.

Conceptually, Sabroe Ebbesen’s works often revolve around identity and the subconscious ego. Her studies of the psyche, the senses, and the body are seen in many different works, everything from smashed faces and contorted naked bodies to self-portraits, still lifes, and video pieces.

A naked man with space-background and a kaleidoscopic effect over the photograph
A parallel universe, Between Time and Space, 2022. © Henriette Sabroe Ebbesen

"Manipulate the physical rules"

“I have always been fascinated by science in general, and I love to play with the idea of manipulating the physical rules of this world. Mathematical structures, physical laws, plants, and so many other things from the natural world are so fascinating that they can seem unreal,” says Sabroe Ebbesen.

Sabroe Ebbesen’s works have been exhibited in many places in both the United States and Europe. She has participated in such exhibits as Kunstnernes Efterårsudstilling 2016, Photo Vogue Festival 2017, and Portrait Now! 2019 and has been profiled on Arte TV. She also has worked for such magazines as Vanity Fair Italia, Vogue Italia, Australia, Greece and Scandinavia, and Le Petit Voyeur and has been noted by the editors of Vogue Italia and Photo Vogue as a photographer to keep an eye on.

A naked man crouching in nature, rose petals around him
Anders and Golden Berries, Modern Masculinity, 2021. © Henriette Sabroe Ebbesen
Kaleidoscopic effect, a woman with rose petals on her face
Red Lips, Another Face, 2016. © Henriette Sabroe Ebbesen

“Beyond Henriette’s unique photographic prints, we also have been fortunate to work with her to create spatial installations with ethereal fabrics and projections on both the floors and walls. These allow visitors to become a part of the room, where they experience theforward march of spring. We are thrilled to be able to produce this exhibition together with Henriette, one of the brightest stars among young Nordic photographers,” says Mohamed Mire.

Kaleidoscope will be shown at Fotografiska Stockholm from February 23 to May 12.