About

Cooper & Gorfer consists of the artists Sarah Cooper (US, 1974) and Nina Gorfer, (Austria, 1979). The artist duo is known for their distinct painterly aesthetics and poetic hybrid image collages. Their work often revolves around issues of cultural identity and the genius loci, in search for the connection between people, story and place. Their imagery is often based on and a result of comprehensive research travels in close collaboration with the subjects they are portraying, with the photographers carefully directing their productions.
Cooper & Gorfer are photographers in origin but strive away from realistic representation. Using an advanced collage technique, they construct their photo-based works like paintings. They distort proportions and shift time and space, stage rigorously, and use stylized poses and gestures to break up the world into parts and rearrange them into an enigmatic and exaggerated ensemble. Like art history’s Mannerists, Pre-Raphaelites, or Surrealists, Cooper & Gorfer strain observable reality through a complex psychological filter of dreams, moods, fears and wounds, both their own and those they have encountered. Interpreting present-day identities by crossing genres from centuries of visual culture.
Cooper & Gorfer began their collaboration in 2006. They live and work in Gothenburg, Sweden and Berlin, Germany.

Cooper & Gorfer have had several solo exhibitions, among others, at Hasselblad Center Gothenburg, Kulturhuset Stockholm, Museum Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt and the National Museum of Photography Copenhagen. They were awarded the Swedish Art Book Award for both SEEK Volume 01 Iceland and My Quiet Gold.


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Awards /

 

2017
current and upcoming

January 9th – February 28th
Ájtte
Jokkmokk, Sweden
Interruptions

March 11th – June 7th
Fotografiska

Stockholm, Sweden
I Know Not These My Hands
premier and book launch
incl. selected works from previous series

March 24th – July 2nd
American Swedish Institute
Minneapolis, US
The Weather Diaries

May 20th – September 22nd
Avesta Art 2017
Avesta, Sweden
Group exhibition, selected works

June 24th – November 30th
Umeå Kvinnohistoriskt Museum
Umeå, Sweden
Interruptions

 

October 21st – March 1st 2018
Textile Museum Sweden
Borås, Sweden
Shapes of fashion – Nordic Art wear
Group exhibition, selected works

 

2016


October 16th – February 17th
Museum Sinclair House
Bad Homburg v. d. Höhe, Germany
The Second Skin
Group Exhibition

October 29th – November 28th
Gällivare Museum
Sweden
Interruptions

September 22nd – 25th
Vienna Contemporary
Marx Halle
Vienna, Austria
Selection of works, represented by Christian Larsen

August 19th – September 30th
Konstmuseet i Norr / Stadshuset
Kiruna, Sweden
Interruptions

August 12th -November 6th
Nordic Heritage Museum
Seattle, USA
The Weather Diaries

March 26th – June 6th
798 International Art District
Danish Cultural Center
Beijing, China
The Weather Diaries

March 19th – July 5th
Nordic House
Reykjavik, Iceland
The Weather Diaries

 

2015

Liljevalchs
Stockholm, Sweden
Utopian Bodies / Fashion Looks Forward
Group exhibition

CODA
Apeldoorn, Netherlands
The Weather Diaries

Photo Shanghai
Shanghai, China
represented by Christian Larsen (SE)

The Nordic House
Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
The Weather Diaries

Konsthallen Lokstallet
Strömstad, Sweden
Artist of the Year
The Long Moment

Lentos Kunstmuseum
Linz, Austria
Love & Loss
Group exhibition

 

2014

National Museum of Photography
The Black Diamond
Copenhagen, Denmark
The Weather Diaries

Strandverket
Vintersalongen
Marstrand, Sweden
Group exhibition

Nordic Light Festival
Kristiansand, Norway
The Long Moment, selected works from
My Quiet of Gold, Latent Now, In a House of Snow, Places in Between

Bohusläns Museum
Häst – säg mig vem du är, selected works, group exhibition

Halmstads Konsthall
Halmstad, Sweden
The Long Moment, solo exhibition with selected works from
My Quiet of Gold, Latent Now, In a House of Snow, Places in Between

Market Art Fair
Stockholm, Sweden
selected works, presented by gallery Christian Larsen

Die Gestalten Verlag
International book release
The Weather Diaries

Museum Angewandte Kunst
Frankfurt, Germany
The Weather Diaries, Nordic Fashion Biennale 2014

Christian Larsen
Stockholm, Sweden
solo exhibition
Excerpts from I Know not These My Hands (Argentina) and The Weather Diaries (West Nordic)

 

2013

Nordic House
Reykjavik Iceland
The Long Moment, solo exhibition with selected works from
My Quiet of Gold, Latent Now, In a House of Snow, Places in Between

 

2012

Dunkers Kulturhus
Helsingborg, Sweden
The Long Moment, solo exhibition with selected works from
My Quiet of Gold, Latent Now, In a House of Snow, Places in Between

UNSEEN photo fair Amsterdam
Asterdam, Netherlands
selected works from Latent Now, The Vivienne Series

Art Brussels
Brussels, Belgium
selected works from My Quiet of Gold, The Vivienne Series

Luleå Konsthall
(upcoming) Luleå, Sweden
solo exhibition My Quiet of Gold 

Swedish Art Book Award
Royal Library Sweden
Stockholm, Sweden
for the book My Quiet of Gold / SEEK Volume 02 Kyrgyzstan

The Armory Show
New York, NY
The Nordic Focus, Christian Larsen
selected works from My Quiet of Gold

Västerås Konstmuseum
Västerås, Sweden
solo exhibition My Quiet of Gold 

2011
Gestalten Space Gallery
Berlin, Germany
solo exhibition
selection from My Quiet of Gold / SEEK Volume 02 Kyrgyzstan
on tour by Hasselblad Center

Hasselblad Center
Göteborg, Sweden
solo exhibition
My Quiet of Gold

Die Gestalten Verlag
International book release
My Quiet of Gold / SEEK Volume 02 Kyrgyzstan 

2010
Christian Larsen
Stockholm, Sweden
solo exhibition
Under Nomadic Surfaces

2009
International Art Bienielle
Hasselblad Center
Göteborg, Sweden
Latent Now 

CMUQ Art Mural
Doha, Qatar
public art mural in collaboration with artist Douglas Cooper
for Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar

Swedish Art Book Award
Royal Library Sweden
Stockholm, Sweden
for the book In a House of Snow / SEEK Volume 01 Iceland

2008
Kulturhuset Stockholm
Stockholm, Sweden
solo exhibition
In a House Of Snow / SEEK Volume 01 Iceland

Bridge Art Fair New York
group exhibition
Works from In a House of Snow

2007
Art Basel Miami
Miami, USA
Works from In a House of Snow

De Young Museum
San Francisco, USA
Group exhibition
Works from In a House of Snow / SEEK Volume 01 Iceland

Adobe Design Award
shortlisted 
In a House of Snow / SEEK Volume 01 Iceland

2006
Röhsska Museet, Göteborg 
Göteborg, Sweden
group exhibition
Works fromIn a House of Snow / SEEK Volume 01 Iceland