the known world
The Known World
A book by Anne Hall and Sophie Mörner
Capricious Publishing is very proud to present the first in a new line of limited edition artist books. The Known World is a vivid, full color book documenting the span of a romantic relationship between photographers Anne Hall and Sophie Mörner. “For three months or so, Anne and I escaped the city, as much as we possibly could, and found the forest wrapping around us,” says Mörner. The women traveled from New Hampshire to the Catskills, to the woods of northern Florida, and back again.
The images and texts included in The Known World are candid relics, remembrances and reimagined fantasies of the magic that occurred during the months Hall and Mörner spent together. With a host of lush, large format photos of flora and fauna, and arrestingly handsome portraits of the two women, the book illustrates a tale of escape from the clamor of daily life into the wilderness. It is a visual history of freed hearts, as seen through the lens of hindsight, a nostalgic glimpse back in time to a place without hurt, regret or misunderstanding.
Though it was not conceived as a challenging or political piece, The Known World is a “potentially seminal work” in the realm of contemporary lesbian and feminist art and documentation, according to Jessica Gysel (Editor of GLU Magazine, Capricious Publishing). In its sunny, tender beauty, this book provides a fresh perspective. Unlike necessarily aggressive, activist artworks of the past, the success of The Known World lies in its freedom to simply and authentically depict rather than protest.
About Sophie Mörner
Sophie Mörner was born in Stockholm, Sweden and received her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her solo show Androgynous Portraits 1999-2003 was on view at the Riche Konsthall in Stockholm in 2007. Mörner’s work has also been included in various group shows around the world. She lives and works in Brooklyn. Mörner is also the founder and editor of Capricious Magazine.
About Anne Hall
Anne Hall’s upcoming shows in New York include an installation at Momenta Art (with the Society for the Advancement of Inflammatory Consciousness) and a residency at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council swing space, both in 2009.