Cooperative of Photography

Between These Folded Walls, Utopia


The last week of August marks the reopening of museums in New York City. With the celebration of this, Fotografiska (NYC) exhibits Cooper & Gorfer's, "Between These Folded Walls, Utopia."

This series is exquisite in every detailed aspect, aesthetically and conceptually. The artistic duo Sarah Cooper and Nina Gorfer came together searching for "Utopia is the age of the new diaspora." Each photographic depicts young women who have been uprooted from their homes and forced into migration. This sense of displacement changes how they understand themselves and the world that is around them.

"These are adolescents on the cusp of adulthood who have experienced what it means to uproot their reality and sense of self."

From the artists, "These are adolescents on the cusp of adulthood who have experienced what it means to uproot their reality and sense of self. Young women who grew up with different cultural understandings of the world. They are women in different stages of independence and gender equality and who, because of that, are less rigidly defined, less prone to accept a ready-made understanding of the world."

Cooper & Gorfer have been creating work together since 2006 in Sweden. Their vision centers around challenging the viewer's perception to re-imagine a world "where humans live in harmony with themselves, each other and the planet."

If you find yourself in New York anytime soon, this show will be exhibiting at Fotografiska until February 7th, 2021.

Israa With Yellow Boxes, 2020

Cooper Gorfer COOPH 001

Yellow Roseline, 2020

Cooper Gorfer COOPH 002

Israa In Pink Scarf, 2020

Cooper Gorfer COOPH 003

Shadi With Envious Bodies, 2020

Cooper Gorfer COOPH 004

Yohana Holding Scissors, 2020

Cooper Gorfer COOPH 005

Fotografiska New York, 2019

Cooper Gorfer COOPH 006

Please check out the website for more information.

A special thank you to Exhibition Coordinator Grace Noh.

Written by Rowynn Dumont

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