Sarah Cooper and Nina Gorfer create overwhelming works. They use staged photography not to bypass reality, but rather as an interpretative art form. Like archaeologists of the soul, they give life to portraits brimming with vitality. Those portrayed live not only within the frame, but also seem to be able to lead us into hidden places within ourselves…The magic within these images holds the viewer fast…We constantly waver on the threshold between reality and the imagined. The only thing we cannot do is divert our gaze.