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.

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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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.