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The Weather Diaries

Mar 24, 2017 to Jul 02, 2017

Greenland, Iceland and Faroe Islands: An Artistic Investigation Into Identity From The North

First Look Preview Party – Friday, March 24

Exhibition – Saturday, March 25 - Sunday, July 2, 2017

A stunning exhibition of photographic artworks by Cooper & Gorfer linked with one-of-a-kind installations, The Weather Diaries explores the roots of West Nordic fashion and the inescapable impact of nature and weather in developing a centuries-deep cultural identity in Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands.

Cooper & Garfor’s painting-like photographs, created on assignment from exhibition producer The Nordic House, are constructed with advanced collage techniques drawing from work by gifted West Nordic artists/designers including STEiNUNN, Barbara I Gongini, Kría, Nikolaj Kristensen, GUĐRUN & GUĐRUN, Bibi Chemnitz, Jessie Kleemann, Mundi and JÖR by Guðmundur Jörundsson.  The installations include a 55-pound beaded collar, knitted garments, tulle and feathers,  bone fragments and life-sized mannequins in tailored suits. The Weather Diaries Film, an alluring documentary filmed on location, gives voice to the designers

The ASI unveiling will occur during the Friday, March 24, First Look—The Weather Diaries preview party, where Sarah Cooper, (U.S.) and Nina Gorfer (Austria) who now work in Gothenburg and Berlin, will participate as special guests with Icelandic artist/designer STEiNUNN, and Fashion Week Minnesota co-directors Jahna Peloquin and Sarah Edwards will lead a lively discussion. Enjoy live music by RONiia and hands-on activities led by organizations including the Textile Center, with fiber-based jewelry making, and the 612 Sauna Society.  Specialty cocktails and curated appetizers are available from the award-winning FIKA Café for purchase.  

This compelling exhibition was produced by The Nordic House in Reykjavik. It continues the American Swedish Institute’s 2017 suite of programming inspired by Migration, Identity and Belonging and reflects our mission to be a gathering place for all people to share experiences around culture, migration, the environment and the arts. 

For ASI, The Weather Diaries exhibit allows American Swedish Institute ASI to nurture stronger links to contemporary Sweden and the Nordic region to promote an exchange of ideas and values that benefit all people, and to connect its varied audiences globally, yet anchor these experiences locally.

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About Cooper & Gorfer

About Cooper & Gorfer

Sarah Cooper, (U.S., 1974) and Nina Gorfer (Austria, 1979), who now live and work in Gothenburg, Sweden and Berlin, Germany, traveled throughout Iceland, Greenland, and the Faroe Islands on assignment from exhibition producer The Nordic House in Reykjavik.  Their resulting large-scale,painting-like pieces are constructed with advanced collage techniques that combine photographs of work by some of the most gifted artists and designers of the West Nordic region including STEiNUNN, Barbara I Gongini, Kría, Nikolaj Kristensen, GUĐRUN & GUĐRUN, Bibi Chemnitz, Jessie Kleemann, Mundi and JÖR by Guðmundur Jörundsson.  

The accompanying installations display a 55-pound beaded collar, knitted garments, tulle and feathers, bone fragments, and full-sized mannequins in tailored suits. The Weather Diaries Film is a short “behind the scenes” documentary, filmed on location, giving voice to the designers and capturing the visual allure of these three island nations.

Video: The Weather Diaries