Gestalten is proud to present My Quiet of Gold by Cooper & Gorfer, a striking photographic journey documenting the stories of love, sorrow, and betrayal from rural Kyrgyzstan.
The artist duo Sarah Cooper and Nina Gorfer work at the intersection of contemporary photography with painting of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Their photographic installations move fluidly between reality and imagination, technical and artistic interpretation, and collective myth and personal narrative.
For their exhibition 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 in completely new and non-linear ways.
Because their carefully staged motifs are then reworked digitally, another layer of fiction mixes with fact and pictorial choreography with photography. This unique blend creates a powerful new whole from the visual and narrative threads so organically and intuitively woven together by the artists.
My Quiet of Gold is an exhibition from the renowned Hasselblad Foundation in Gothenburg, Sweden. The book My Quiet of Gold: SEEK Volume 02 / Kyrgyzstan has also been published in conjunction with the exhibition. It is available through Gestalten and will also be sold at the show.
Sarah Cooper (USA, 1974) and Nina Gorfer (Austria, 1979) live and work in Gothenburg. Since graduating from HDK, University of Design and Crafts, Göteborg, Sweden in 2005 with MFA degrees in design, they have had solo exhibitions at Kulturhuset (2008) and Galleri Christian Larsen (2010) in Stockholm. Alongside their art projects, Cooper & Gorfer also work as work as directors, authors, adventurers, researchers, and editorial and commercial photographers to create their conceptual and anthropological visual stories of countries and their inhabitants under the name SEEK. www.coopergorfer.com
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