18.01.2024 – 24.11.2024 | Trapholt – Museum of Modern Art, Craft and Design

In January 2024, Trapholt presents the solo exhibition Shaping a Pattern, where the Danish artist Maria Torp explores the potential of portraiture as an activist and enlightening format. The exhibition will be a sensual and enlightening journey through five years of work, featuring 12 portraits of influential individuals, interviews, films, and Torp’s extensive research material. The exhibition will be held from January 18th to November 24th, 2024.

“Shaping A Pattern” is an ambitious art project that focuses on issues related to the rights, social status, and living conditions of girls and women on a global scale. The project was developed by the Danish visual artist Maria Torp and aims to create positive and powerful narratives about complex and problematic subjects. Maria Torp possesses a special ability to shape complexity in art that both touches and affects us, reminding us that in the global world, we are closely connected across national borders and cultural differences.

(Text by Trapholt)


born in 1996 in Herat, Afghanistan


born in 1972 in Tanzania


born in 1969 in Sørvad, Denmark

Inna Shevchenko

born in 1990 in Kherson, Ukraine

Xiong Jing

born in 1988 in Jingmen City, Hubei Province, China

Marta Alanis

born in 1949 in Argentina

Ziauddin Yousafzai

born in 1969 in Shangla, Pakistan

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

born in 1955 in Clermont, South Africa

Sampat Pal

born in 1960 in Uttar Pradesh, India

Seqininnguaq Qitura Lynge Poulsen

born in 2001 in Nuuk, Greenland

Denis Mukwege

born in 1955 in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo