The Weather Diaries

The Weather Diaries is the name of an intriguing and breath-takingly beautiful photo series from the artist duo Cooper & Gorger. Sarah Cooper and Nina Gorfer worked for two and a half years on The Weather Diaries for the Nordic Fashion Biennale, where the assignment object was to map the roots of fashion design and artisanal traditions of the West Nordic Islands – Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. The photos have now been collected in a book, a photographic essay that shows the identity and culture of the three islands, but also what they have in common. For example, the rugged climate, unspoiled nature, isolation and a history of applied arts closely connected with myths, sagas and legends (think about the Normans, Vikings and Inuit) underlie the basis of an entirely unique, raw creativity. The photos – made on the three islands – show local fashion that’s placed in an overwhelming, natural setting and resonate a dark, poetic romance in which shape, beautiful materials, crafts, photography and painting come together.he Weather Diaries show the work of both young and well-known designers like Mundi, Shoplifter, Jör By Guðmundur Jörundsson, Steinnun, Barbara í Gongini,

Jörundsson, Steinnun, Barbara í Gongini, Gudrun & Gudrun, Bibi Chemnitz,  Nikolai Kristensen, Najannguaq Davidsen Lennert, Kría, Jessie Kleeman and Rammatik.  The American SarahCooper and the Austria-born Nina Gorfer have worked together since 2006 and are located in Gothenburg, Sweden. Their work is part of the storied photography that has its roots in the paintings of the 18th and 19th centuries. The visual telling of personal and local stories forms a recurring element in the work of Cooper & Gorfer.

After an 5-month exhibition in the Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt, The Weather Diaries exhibit moved this month to Copenhagen, and the photos can be seen there from 1 November 2014 until 11 February 2015 in the National Museum of Photography.

The Weather Diaries, A Book in Celebration of the Nordic Fashion Biennale is published by GestaltenISBN: 978-3-89955-522-6

1 Guðrun & Guðrun, Girls as Twins. By Cooper & Gorfer from The Weather Diaries, Nordic Fashion Biennale, copyright The Nordic House, Iceland & SEEK 2014. Images courtesy of Gestalten.2 Guðrun & Guðrun, Sára, Armgarð and Alda on a Hill. 3 Gudrun & Gudrun, The White Boat. 4 Nikolaj Kristensen, Ena With Eyes Shut. 5  7 Najannguaq Lennert, Malu at the Nuup Kangerlua Fjord Holding two Spit Skinned Birds. 8 Barbara I Gongini, Kristin Against Black.  10 Barbara I Gongini, The Disciple. 11Bibi Chemnitz, Holding the Sea. 12Kria, The Nest.9-Bibi-Chemnitz,-Sara-and-the-Dog.

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