Fotografiska, Stockholm

I Know Not These My Hands
Stockholm, Sweden
March 11th – June 11th 2017

In the spring of 2011, we travelled through northwest Argentina to create a new body of work, entitled I Know Not These My Hands. Then, other projects happened. Then, life happened. And as we changed, the world around us changed. Today we are faced with a new political climate, new wars, and the resulting challenges. The stories and the people we met during our travel back in 2011, have been with us these past years, tagging along, sometimes close to heart, sometimes at a distance. However, the themes we have encountered then, have lost nothing of their relevance today. Although the project once started in Argentina, it now spans different cultures, countries and continents, reflecting on cultural identity, migration, de-colonialization and political turmoil.

The exhibition at Fotografiska shows an extensive selection of works from I Know Not These My Hands (2017), together with works from the following series: Interruptions (2016), The Weather Diaries (2014), My Quiet of Gold (2011) and Latent Now (2009).

Shot with Hasselblad
Printed on Hahnemühle


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Konstmuseet i Norr, Kiruna Stadshus

Konstmuseet i Norr,
Kiruna Stadshus, Sweden
August 20th – September 30th 2016

During a cold winters’ travel to Sápmi in February 2016, we drove through the northern most region of Sweden, interviewing and collaborating with Sámi women of varied ages, staging and visualising their stories and circumstances. The images are at times broken into parts and rearranged into an enigmatic, fragmented, and exaggerated ensemble.
Many portraits were photographed behind a sheet of glass, introducing a physical and permanent layer of disruption and interference. This layer remains dormant, mostly invisible, only to suddenly reveal itself hiding or shielding parts of the women portrayed.
The theme Interruptions penetrates every aspect of this project. From the cultural and political interventions that have violated and shaped Sámi culture to the very personal ruptures of the women portrayed—women whose lives have been interrupted in one way or another. Here, a mother’s custody dispute for her little daughter, there, a young girl’s fight against cancer, or the memories of discrimination from an elderly Sámi woman. As a whole, this project seeks to interrelate these personal tremors with the political and cultural interruptions that still have an impact on the Sámi identity today.

This new body of work has been realised in connection with Konstmuseet i Norr.

#coopergorfer #artphotography #interruptions #sami #sapmi #konstinorr #kiruna

798 International Art District, Beijing

The Weather Diaries 
Danish Cultural Center,
798 International Art District
Beijing, China
March 23rd – May 3rd 2016

The Danish Cultural Center is the first venue of The Weather Diaries’ Asia tour. The exhibition opened on March 23rd, with over 3.000 visitors on the first two days. It will be on display until May 3rd. This version of the exhibition focusses on the photographic works, while the original exhibition with all the collaborative exposés by designers and artists from Greenland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands, will tour in the US.
To keep the original collaborative aspect of this series, we are happy to have been able to include two new pieces by Barbara I Gongini. The exhibition is planned to continue it’s tour in Asia in the upcoming years.

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Behind the scenes

Sápmi, Feb 2016

Behind the scenes

We are developing a new body of work! On invitation of Konstmuseet i Norr, Kiruna Kommun, Sweden, we travelled above the arctic circle to realize a project with and about the Sami, Sweden’s original people. It was a journey of discovery in the course of which we met many wonderful and powerful women, who so generously shared with us their time and their stories.

Even though we have always had a strong focus on the female perspective, this is the first time, we will exclusively focus on women and the female perspective. The finished works will be exhibited at Kiruna Stadshuset, starting August 18th 2016. It will be one of the last exhibits in this house, before the city gets moved to it’s new location.


Photo Shanghai

We have just returned from this year’s Photo Shanghai, China’s biggest photo art fair, which was held for the second time, after it’s successful launch in 2014. Our gallery Christian Larsen showed a solo exhibit of our works – a selection of photographs from our newest volume I Know not these My Hands as well as The Weather Diaries.

The Weather Diaries in Tórshavn

The Weather Diaries
12/06/2015 – 23/08/2015
Nordic House
Tórshavn, Faroe Islands

The 3rd exhibition of The Weather Diaries opened at the Nordic House in Tórshavn. The exhibition features the biggest part of the photographic works and installations from the original exhibition at the Museum Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt, in 2014.

With: Steinunn SigurdardottirMundi VondiJohanna MethusalemsdottirHrafnhildur Arnardottir aka Shoplifter, JÖR by Guðmundur JörundssonBibi ChemnitzNajannguaq Davidsen Lennert , Anguteq Nikolaj KristensenBarbara Í GonginiGudrun & Gudrun, Jessie Kleemann and Rammatik.

Love & Loss in Austria

LOVE & LOSS – Fashion & Mortality
Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Austria
13 March – 7 June 2015

About the exhibition:
In the 1980s new content and a revolutionary new aesthetic made their first appearance in the world of Western fashion. Features such as the search for authenticity, melancholy as a pervasive attitude, and bold formal experiments had been exclusively reserved to the fine arts until then. Now they were taken up by fashion. Martin Margiela, Rei Kawakubo and other outstanding designers subjected the concept of beauty in fashion to a radical makeover, where deformation and wear and tear become exciting stylistic devices. The torn jeans that are a staple of mainstream fashion these days first saw the light of day in designs by Maison Martin Margiela and Comme des Garçons. Fashion becomes a mirror in which we come face to face with our own mortality. It emphasizes the traces of time, praises transience and flirts with death.

Curator: Ursula Guttmann

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National Museum of Photography, Copenhagen

The Weather Diaries
1/11/2014 – 21/03/2015
National Museum of Photography
Black Diamond
Copenhagen, Denmark

The Weather Diaries is now exhibited at the National Museum of Photography in Copenhagen, Black Diamond, until March 21st 2015. The show includes installations by STEiNUNN (IS), Barbara I Gongini (FO) and Nikolaj Kristensen (GL).

With: Steinunn Sigurdardottir, Mundi Vondi, Johanna Methusalemsdottir, Hrafnhildur Arnardottir aka Shoplifter, JÖR by Guðmundur Jörundsson, Bibi Chemnitz, Najannguaq Davidsen Lennert , Anguteq Nikolaj Kristensen, Barbara Í Gongini, Gudrun & Gudrun, and Jessie Kleemann.

Curated by: Sarah Giersing


Museum Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt

The Weather Diaries,
Nordic Fashion Biennale

Museum Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt
March 22nd – September 21st 2014

The artists Sarah Cooper and Nina Gorfer are the curators behind this year’s Biennale. Together with twelve artists and designers from Greenland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands, they have composed a unique narrative of installations and imagery, taking you deep into the ingenuity of these three island nations, where common is the hug of isolation. It is an aesthetic and metaphorical exhibit that deflects the conventional rhetoric of fashion. Instead of seasonal trends, it explores the inspiration of creative minds, probes links to cultural identity and scrutinizes the impact of the inescapable physicality of nature and weather.
In many ways, Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands have their own idiosyncrasies — each of them with unique identities and stories. Still they share a jaunty indomitability, if such a thing exists, not only toward creativity but toward life at large. Weather moulds behaviour, and isolation forges a pool of creative bravery. It is a part of the world where market values don’t have to make sense, because the forced freight of commercialism is rarely loaded.
The exhibition conveys aspects of these northern islands that have enthralled many. Seldom do we see such pleasure for the creative process as we have found in the artists and designers presented here. They have in common a fearlessness towards creativity, an urge to create for creation’s sake and are a reminder of the childlike wonder and indulgence of a mind at play.

curated by: Cooper & Gorfer


Christian Larsen, Stockholm

Christian Larsen
Hudviksvallsgatan 8, Stockholm
21/02/2014 – 30/03/2014

In the series I Know Not These My Hands, Argentina’s self-image is marked by centuries of unhealed wounds; the brutal colonization that wiped out the native population in the 1800’s, and the merciless military coup in the 1970’s that traumatized generations of parents and children. Today, Argentina is a nation in perpetual search of identity. Sometimes Cooper & Gorfer’s references are apparent, as in Sewing Girls to Trees, where the children in the images disappear into the environment, or wander away from their mothers, as in Lucy Above Mother. These are metaphors for the stolen children of the murdered Argentineans, those who were kidnapped and grew up on the “other side” of the political frontier. In other works, the references are more general. In Mending Vanessa, the many threads seen in the woman’s costume are there to mend what is torn.
In The Weather Diaries, nature—harsh and grandiose, reigns supreme. It dominates people’s lives and chisels out small communities that must stick together to survive. The unifying theme running through the cultures of Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands is the urge to retain their specific national identity, for better or worse. In Ena with Eyes Shut, the Greenlandic national costume is sewn entirely of glass beads and is tremendously heavy. The costume’s weight is paradoxical; it stands for both, the pride and the restrictions that surround tradition and the fear of its loss.


The Long Moment in Reykjavik

We are excited to be showing our work in Reykjavik, Iceland this spring. The exhibition will showcase a selection of works from the Volume Series, as well as images from our ongoing series Places in Between. The exhibition is part of the Design March 2013 programme.

The Long Moment
9.march – 21.april 2013
Nordens Hus

The Long Moment at Dunkers Kulturhus


Dunkers Kulturhus is showing a broad selection of our work, for the first time exhibiting excerpts of all our art series side by side. Alltogether 40 works from Iceland, Kyrgyzstan, Qatar and Places in Between, are shown in an enigmatic dark red exhibition space.

June 2012 – February 2013
Dunkers Kulturhus

My Quiet of Gold at Västerås Konstmuseum


My Quiet of Gold
February 25 – April 22, 2012
Västerås Kulturmuseum

The solo exhibition My Quiet of Gold, with  photographs from a journey to Kyrgyzstan, showing at Västerås Konstmuseum.



At the Armory Show in New York


Represented by Christian Larsen at the Armory Show in New York 2012.

My Quiet of Gold in Berlin


My Quiet of Gold

Show in Berlin 

October 27 – November 27, 2011
Gestalten Space

We are happy to have the opportunity to exhibit our latest project in Berlin at Die Gestalten Space, Sophienstraße 21. For those of you who are in Berlin, the exhibition will be up until November 27th.

My Quiet of Gold at Hasselblad


My Quiet of Gold exhibited 
at Hasselblad Center
25.2.2011 – 15.5.2011 / Gothenburg, Sweden

About the exhibition
by Dragana Vujanovic, curator

Photographs from a journey to Kyrgyzstan are the focus of Sarah Cooper and Nina Gorfer’s solo exhibition My Quiet of Gold. Kyrgyzstan is a country with a strong tradition of storytelling where folk tales are part of everyday life. Cooper and Gorfer approached the culture by allowing the people they met to stage their own stories. The artists’ personal conversations with people gave rise to the portrayals. The images were digitally processed to create painterly collages, depicting more than one level of reality. Sarah Cooper and Nina Gorfer’s work stems from a narrative tradition within photography with roots in 19th century painting. Their pictures are imbued with understated drama and an enigmatic tone – a typical characteristic of staged photography in which unpleasant stories are often narrated with a seductive aesthetic. The beautiful picture attracts the viewer, who soon perceives other meanings. Unlike the discrete passer-by who single-handedly waits the decisive moment, Cooper and Gorfer carefully direct choreographed productions. The time they invest in creating a picture can be likened to that of a painter in a studio.

Cooper and Gorfer’s staged folk tales draw a picture of Kyrgyzstan’s contemporary history, creating unique portraits at the same time. The duo avoid making a traditional documentation of the country, instead they describe the culture through a fertile mix of fact and fiction. The images are also indirectly self-portraits of Cooper and Gorfer; picture editing and the selection of stories unveils their own interests and preferences. The image that comes through portrays two socially committed romantics.

Artist Interview


Watch the interview

Cooper & Gorfer
Interview at Hasselblad Center
Interview by Dragana Vujanovic, curator Hasselblad Center
Filmed and produced by Egerstrand & Blund and Conny Fridh
Sound Henrik Lövgren

The interview was conducted in correlation with our exhibition My Quiet of Gold at Hasselblad Center, 2011.

Under Nomadic Surfaces


Exhibition at Christian Larsen
Aug 2010 / Under Nomadic Surfaces

The exhibition, Under Nomadic Surfaces, shows a selection of work from two of our series locations, Kyrgyzstan and Qatar. On these journeys we work in parallel as directors, photographers and authors – casting the people we meet into the stories we gather. By focussing on the cognition of the human element, rather than on political, religious or social views, we attempt to bridge the differences between two countries. Places, that despite their disparity, share elemental features: nomadic history, Islamic culture, and almost more importantly, a confrontation with change and an attempt to redefine their identity on the cusp of transformation.

In a House of Snow at Kulturhuset


Exhibition at Kulturhuset Stockholm

Stockholm, 2008

The exhibition In a House of Snow, showcased 30 works from our first series, SEEK Volume 01 / Iceland, at Kulturhuset Stockholm in 2008. Starring a cast of Icelandic characters the exhibition reveals subtle narratives. In a House of Snow is a body of work with vivid impression, it presents an opaque and desolate mystique where the bizarre meets history.