Søren Dahlgaard began the Dough Portrait photo series at The National Art Gallery of Denmark in 2008 followed by massive media interest. Since the project has traveled to Vancouver- Venice- & Gwangju Biennales, the National Museums of Kosovo, Maldives, KIASMA Helsinki and the art centers of Israel, ECCO Brasilia, JCCAC Hong Kong, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw and The Photographers Gallery, London, where a new series of portraits are created and exhibited each time.
The success of the project seems to work on several levels: The event of creating the work with each person participating is fun, playful and engages the audience and creates an immediate reaction and exchange of ideas and experiences. Everybody can relate to their identity and a lump of dough. Its familiar to everybody but the combination is new.
The idea of the Dough Portrait is very simple, yet very original. It trickers a reaction from everybody but the concept has also depth due to the strong reference of the history of the portrait in both photography and painting. The Dough Portraits are opening up a new direction and breaking new ground in the history of the portrait. It is fun, even silly but in a clever and intriguing way.
KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Art, Finland and Museo National Brasilia, Brazil have acquired a series of the dough portraits for their collection.
The Dough Portraits for artstamp.dk is the second artstamp edition by Søren Dahlgaard.