Literature

I Know Not These My Hands
SEEK Volume 04

Size: 240 x 315 mm
Pages: 400 pages
language: English, Spanish

Distributed via: Kehrerverlag Heidelberg, Berlin
Designed and edited by: Cooper & Gorfer

Texts by: Joanna Persmann, Gonzalo Pardo, Emilio Haro Galli, Cecilia Rappallini, and Cooper & Gorfer
Poetry by: Adelaide Crapsey
All art works by: Cooper & Gorfer

About this book
Seamlessly navigating between image and anecdotes, I Know Not These My Hands, speaks of the human aspects of love, loss and identity.
In their 5th Volume the artists Sarah Cooper and Nina Gorfer scrutinize the ubiquitous traces a troubled history leaves on the human mind. Based on a travel to northwestern Argentina, Cooper & Gorfer investigate questions of identity through interviews and photographic meetings with people from different levels within the Argentinian society and adjacent lands. Reflections on migration, de-colonialization and more recent political turmoil, surface throughout the book’s notes and dialogues and manifest in the narrative and poetic imagery so indicative of Cooper and Gorfer’s work.

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Printed in Sweden with Göteborgstryckeriet

 


 


INTERRUPTIONS
SEEK Volume 03

Size: 225 mm x 285 mm
Pages: 128 pages
language: Sámi, English

Distributed via: Thames & Hudson
Designed and edited by: Cooper & Gorfer

Essays by: Monica L Edmondson, Maria Ragnestam
Poetry by: Brita Mangi, Mimie Märak
Texts by: Sarah Cooper & Nina Gorfer
All art works by: Cooper & Gorfer

About this book
On assignment from Konstmuseet i Norr, Kiruna, Sweden, the artists Cooper & Gorfer explore the contemporary context of broken timelines through a strong and confronting portrait series where women within the Sami culture stand in focus.
During a cold winter travel to Sápmi, in the northern most region of Sweden, Sarah Cooper and Nina Gorfer underwent a prolific collaboration with Sami women of varied ages, staging and visualising individual stories and circumstances. The result is a direct and striking body of work that crosses genres through poetic and subjective truths of women who live between the tremors of identity, recognition, heritage and modern day.

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In collaboration with:
Asta Mitkijá Balto, Aana Sunna & Monica L Edmondson, Lisa Kejonen Pauker, Eva-Lena Kielatis, Katarina Kielatis, Brita Mangi, Mimie Märak, Maxida & Nike-Sunna Märak, Leila Nutti, Barbro Poggats, Tintin & Lisa Påggats Sarri, Ingá Elisa Påve Idivuoma & Elle Nánná Biggá Idivuoma, Åsa Simma, Laila Spik, Sunn-Kati Skaltje, Ella-Li Spik, Eugenia Skårpa, Carina Sarri, Inga Marja Steinfjell, Anna-Stina Svakko.

Shot with Hasselblad #H5D
Printed on Munken, Arctic Paper
Printed in Sweden with Göteborgstryckeriet

 


 

The Weather Diaries
Nordic Fashion Biennale

About this book
When it comes to contemporary fashion design, the Nordic countries of Europe are anything but terra incognita. Brands from Scandinavia are well-established around the world and designers such as Henrik Vibskov have been lavished with international accolades for years. But what is it that makes Nordic design so exemplary? How do the origins of young designers from these countries influence their inimitable sense of style and aesthetics? InThe Weather Diaries, the artist duo Cooper & Gorfer explore the roots of Nordic fashion and design traditions. Sarah Cooper and Nina Gorfer take an unusual approach to their topic by telling its story visually. The curators of the third Nordic Fashion Biennale present the work of both young and established West Nordic designers in a striking collection of photography that they shot on-location throughout Iceland, the Faroe Islands, and Greenland. Showcasing the fashion in dramatic natural settings, their images are fused with a dark romanticism and, like much of their work, are reminiscent of eighteenth and nineteenth-century painting. Defying categorization, Cooper & Gorfer’s photos bring together fashion, photography, and painting. Their work goes beyond pure documentation and is interpretive, narrative, and utterly distinctive.

The book is printed on Arctic Paper (Munken Pure 80g, Arctic Silk 150g and Arctic Volume 100g)

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My Quiet of Gold
SEEK Volume 02 / Kyrgyzstan

About this book
The artist duo Sarah Cooper and Nina Gorfer work at the intersection of contemporary photography with painting of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. For their book My Quiet of Gold, Cooper and Gorfer traveled to the rural areas of Kyrgyzstan to collect sagas and stories in conversations and interviews with local inhabitants. Out of these tales, the duo created striking photographic portraits that go far beyond mere documentation to tell and visually interpret romantic-melancholy stories of love, sorrow, and betrayal in a completely new and non-linear ways. Numerous essays and excerpts accompany the striking images in My Quiet of Gold. The book was launched together with the exhibition My Quiet of Gold at Hasselblad Center in Sweden 2011.

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SEEK Volume 1

Iceland

About this book
Iceland is a visual novel with nine short stories where the artists and editors Sarah Cooper and Nina Gorfer combine fact with fiction starring a cast of Icelandic characters, with fragmented and intricately collaged and conceptual narratives that seamlessly merge into one another. It presents an opaque and desolate mystique where fantasy meets history. It is a publication that documents a multilayered project, the art of storytelling and graphical structures.

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