Cooper & Gorfer – ‘I Know Not These My Hands’

I know

Not these my hands

And yet I think there was

A woman like me once had hands

Like these.

Cooper & Gorfer - I Know Not These My Hands

Cooper & Gorfer – I Know Not These My Hands

 

Inspired by the poem ‘Amaze’ by the American poet Adelaide Crapsey (1878–1914), Cooper & Gorfer’s series ‘I Know Not These My Hands’ navigates through the ubiquitous traces a troubled history leaves on the human mind and speaks of the aspects of love, loss and layers of identity. The role of hands that play in the project is as a symbol of the deeds you have done or maybe you have not …

“Based on a comprehensive research travel to northwestern Argentina, we map memory and investigate questions of identity and displacement through chance encounters, interviews and photographic meetings with people from different levels within the Argentinian society and adjacent lands. Reflections on colonial wounds, forced migration, and more recent political turmoil surface throughout the project.”

 

Cooper & Gorfer - I Know Not These My Hands

Cooper & Gorfer – I Know Not These My Hands

 

Cooper & Gorfer comprises the artists Sarah Cooper (b. 1974, USA) and Nina Gorfer (b. 1979, Austria) and for more details about them and their project, watch this video.

The series is published in a book by Kehrer Verlag.

 

Cooper & Gorfer - I Know Not These My Hands

Cooper & Gorfer – I Know Not These My Hands