The Weather Diaries: Exhibition, Film and a Book

Produced by the Nordic House Reykjavík for the Nordic Fashion Biennale #3

Next exhibition venue:

November 1st 2014 – February 11th 2015
National Museum of Photography / Black Diamond,

The Weather Diaries

Launched at:


Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt

March 22nd – September 22nd 2014


The Nordic Fashion Biennale (NFB) is a dynamic platform to promote West Nordic fashion design. It is an arena that brings together designers, artists, academics, business entrepreneurs and specialists in the field of fashion.

The exhibition

“The Weather Diaries"

This year's Biennale offers an inspiring and aesthetic exhibit, entitled The Weather Diaries, uniting the works of many of the most talented designers from the Nordic islands:

Mundi (IS), STEiNUNN (IS), JÖR by GuðmundurJörundsson (IS), Kría (IS), Hrafnhildur Arnadòttir a.k.a. Shoplifter (IS), Guðrun & Guðrun (FOE), Barbara I Gongini (FOE), Rammatik (FOE), Bibi Chemnitz (GL), Najannguaq Lennert (GL), Nikolaj Kristensen, and Jessie Kleemann (GL).

The curators behind this 3rd NFB are the American-Austrian artists Cooper & Gorfer, based in Sweden. Known for their strong narrative imagery with references to culture and fashion, they have been commissioned to create a photographic exhibition interpreting fashion from Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. Over the past two years, Cooper & Gorfer have worked with the art and fashion scene in the West Nordic Islands. The outcome is an alluring exhibition and book.

The exhibition shows 11 one of a kind installations from the selected designers, alongside large scale photographic art works by Cooper & Gorfer.

The Book

When it comes to contemporary fashion design, the Nordic countries of Europe are anything but terra incognita. Brands from Scandinavia are well-established around the world and designers such as Henrik Vibskov have been lavished with international accolades for years.

But what is it that makes Nordic design so exemplary? How do the origins of young designers from these countries influence their inimitable sense of style and aesthetics? In The Weather Diaries, the artist duo Cooper & Gorfer explore the roots of Nordic fashion and design traditions.

Sarah Cooper and Nina Gorfer take an unusual approach to their topic by telling its story visually. The curators of the third Nordic Fashion Biennale present the work of both young and established West Nordic designers in a striking collection of photography that they shot on-location throughout Iceland, the Faroe Islands, and Greenland. Showcasing the fashion in dramatic natural settings, their images are fused with a dark romanticism and, like much of their work, are reminiscent of eighteenth and nineteenth-century painting. Defying categorization, Cooper & Gorfer's photos bring together fashion, photography, and painting. Their work goes beyond pure documentation and is interpretive, narrative, and utterly distinctive.