.Soren Dahlgaard has a refreshing and engaging approach to performance art. He challenges traditional methods of creating art works, and even traditional methods of making performance works. He aims to include the passer-by and the public, to persuade them to collaborate in completing the artwork. His is a warm, tongue-in-cheek approach to creation, devoid of aggression, although not devoid of uncanny elements.
For the Dough Portrait series, which has been/will be performed at the National Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark, National Art Gallery Maldives, National Art Gallery Kosovo, Vancouver Biennale, ECCO Contemporary Art Center, Brasilia, Brazil, he asks sitters to allow him to photograph them with 10kg of dough on their head. The presence of the familiar, homely dough wakes people’s curiosity and, in a sense, having their identity obscured is comforting. The finished product is also amusing; it makes people smile, it makes people proud to have taken part.
Soren Dahlgaard attended the The Royal Academy of Architecture, Copenhagen, Denmark before graduating from the Slade School of Fine Arts in 2002. He was lucky enough to study under such influential practitioners as Phyllida Barlow, Stuart Brisley (often hailed as the 'Godfather of British Performance Art'), ?Bruce McLean and teachers Norman Bryson (History of Art and Theory) and Andrew Renton.?
Recently he has exhibited at P.S.1 Contemporary Arts Center MoMA New York, ?Ileana Tounta Contemporary Arts Center, Athens, International Prize for ?Performance, Galleria Civica Museum of Contemporary Art, Trento, Italy, The Singapore Biennale (2008), The Dough Warrior paints landscape performance, 50th anniversary, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark (2008).
He lives and works in Copenhagen.