In their art, Cooper and Gorfer interweave reality and fiction. Based on the stories and lives of the women they portray, the artists reimagine the tradition of portraiture by deconstructing the narrative of their protagonists. Cooper & Gorfer’s works are not only startling in their beauty; on the contrary, replete with symbolism they speak about identity,feminism, heritage and the environment and experiences that shape us.
“We felt drawn to a new diaspora, the young generation of women whose
lives had been influenced by forced migration and a need for a new place
to live. 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
readymade understanding of the world.” – Cooper & Gorfer