Anja Niemi 1976

Lives in Nesoddfangen. Works in Nesoddfangen.
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The Ravestijn Gallery

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Anja Niemi (b. 1976, Norway) always works alone; placing herself within her own meticulous tableaux, she constructs fictional stories where she is both the author and the character. In Darlene & Me (2014), Niemi plays the parts of two identical women living against the backdrop of a sparse, bleached house in the desert. The dualism in each performative photograph speaks clearly of the internal, and often opposing, voices we are all so attune with. In this way, as with all of her work, Niemi appeals to ideas that are innate to the human condition, rather than being confined to a personal mediation. And whilst her poetic narratives are wholly imagined (although frequently inspired by film and literature), they act as an intimate space to catalyse real conversations about identity, conformity and the relationship we have with ourselves. Anja Niemi studied at the London College of Printing and Parsons School of Design in Paris and New York and has exhibited in galleries worldwide. Three previous monographs of her work have been published, Photographing in Costume (Little Black Gallery, 2015), Short Stories (Jane & Jeremy, 2016), The Woman Who Never Existed (Jane & Jeremy, 2017). The poem by Lena Niemi is an excerpt from a longer text in the new monograph accompanying the exhibition titled She Could Have Been A Cowboy (Jane & Jeremy, 2018). Her work has been published in Firecrackers: Female Photographers Now (Thames & Hudson, 2017), and her image The Garden Hose was selected for the volume 1001 Photographs You Must See Before You Die (Cassell, 2017).

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Following in the footsteps of prestigious photographers Erwin Olaf and Bettina Rheims, Niemi was honored to have a special issue of IDEAT magazine (France) dedicated to her work, which was launched at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris in May 2018.
Where art and the selfie collide | Channel 4 News
Following in the footsteps of prestigious photographers Erwin Olaf and Bettina Rheims, Niemi was honored to have a special issue of IDEAT magazine (France) dedicated to her work, which was launched at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris in May 2018.

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EXHIBITIONS 2019 IN CHARACTER, FOTOGRAFISKA, Stockholm 2018 SHE COULD HAVE BEEN A COWBOY, Steven Kasher Gallery, New York SHE COULD HAVE BEEN A COWBOY, AIPAD / Photography Show, New York CIRCUS ACTS, MUSEE DES ARTS DECORATIFS with IDEAT Magazine, Paris SHE COULD HAVE BEEN A COWBOY, Photo London SHE COULD HAVE BEEN A COWBOY, The Ravestijn Gallery, Amsterdam SHE COULD HAVE BEEN A COWBOY, PhotoFairs Shanghai 2017 THE WOMAN WHO NEVER EXISTED, PhotoFairs San Francisco THE WOMAN WHO NEVER EXISTED, Shoot Gallery, Oslo THE WOMAN WHO NEVER EXISTED, Galerie Photo 12, Paris THE WOMAN WHO NEVER EXISTED, The Little Black Gallery, London 2016 PHOTOGRAPHING IN COSTUME, The Little Black Gallery, New York SHORT STORIES, Photo London SHORT STORIES, The Little Black Gallery, London PHOTOGRAPHING IN COSTUME, Salon Zurcher, New York 2015 DARLENE & ME, The Little Black Gallery, London DARLENE & ME, Photo London 2013 STARLETS, The Little Black Gallery, London 2012 DO NOT DISTURB, The Little Black Gallery, London PUBLIC & PRIVATE COLLECTIONS Hudson Bay Company Global Art Collection, USA Nion McEvoy Collection, USA Oslo City Council, Norway Susanna von Meiss Collection, Switzerland BOOKS 2019 In Character (Thames & Hudson) 2018 She Could Have Been A Cowboy (Jane & Jeremy) 2017 The Woman Who Never Existed (Jane & Jeremy) 2016 Short Stories (Jane & Jeremy) 2015 Photographing In Costume (The Little Black Gallery) Also featured in: 2017 Firecrackers: Female Photographers Now (Thames & Hudson) 2017 1001 Photographs You Must See Before You Die (Cassell)