In her characteristic black and white photographs South African Katharine Cooper (b. 1978, South Africa) depicts women, men and children with a great form of respect and sensitivity. She is drawn to the slightly strange side of humans — the things that make people stand out from others, but in the most subtle and often very modest manner. Essential in her work is the attempt to get close with her subjects, to break down the boundaries between the people and herself, as though she is part of their immediate family. For her a portrait is as much a representation of the maker as it is of the ostensible subject. The works for the show TITLE TITLE at Flatland Gallery will definitely be strong poignant and original and selected from her work in South Africa and Zimbabwe from 2014 and 2015. Other work will come from her travels from the last three years – since 2015 – to Syria and Iraqi Kurdistan where she visited the ruined
cities Ma’aloula and Aleppo, and the settlements and refugee camps inhabited by hundreds of thousands of people who have been forced to flee their homes in the wake of terrorism.
Since 2013 Flatland Gallery has been representing Cooper, the same year she was awarded the photography price from the Académie des Beaux Arts in Paris. Her work was on view at Flatland Gallery (2014/2017), and at the gallery’s booth at Art Brussels, Paris Photo
and Paris Photo Los Angeles (2015), and in 2016 at Art Rotterdam and PhotoBasel. In 2015 Flatland published a book of her series ‘White Africans’, titled’ White Africans, A Journey to the Homeland’, includes a text written by Phillip Prodger, Head of Photographs
Collection at the National Portrait Gallery in London. A new book has been published ‘Peuples persécutés d’Orient, Carnet de voyages de Palmyre au Champ des Merles’ in 2017. In 2018 another book is published ‘ALEPPO, MON AMOUR’, published by
Arnaud Bizalion Editeur, which will be launched during Amsterdam Art Weekend.