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Limited-edition gallery book published in conjunction with Alberte Tranberg’s solo exhibition Turning the First Sod at Simone DeSousa Gallery, June 1 – July 6, 2019


The publication includes the essay “Tight Spaces” by writer and professor renée c. hoogland.


Speaking to ubiquitous elements from the interior of a home, and referencing the architectural phrase Turning the First Sod—when work begins on the creation of a new structure—the installation investigates how one can identify the parts of what constitutes a home: is it the person, objects, or structures that create it? Or perhaps something else?
Before moving to the US to attend the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Alberte Tranberg worked in Copenhagen, Denmark, as a metal worker at a water treatment plant, an experience that has informed her current artistic practice in both labor and craft. Tranberg received an MFA in Metalsmithing from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2018. During her time at Cranbrook, Tranberg developed a language of works on the familiarity of objects and textures of the domestic environment, playing with our expectations of the functionality of their use and architectural theory.

Alberte Tranberg

  • Limited edition publication “Turning the First Sod”
    Photography: Clare Gatto
    Design: Lucas Albrecht

    36 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 inches

    Published by Simone DeSousa Gallery in July 2019

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