Anja Niemi (1976)

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).

Portrait by Trond Isaksen

The Spaces

The Spaces

May 22, 2019
'Artist Anja Niemi on capturing the foreign and the absurd'

Port Magazine

Port Magazine

April 23, 2019
'Anja Niemi: In Character'

The Doyennes

The Doyennes

April 8, 2019
'Always in character'

Fotografiska video

Fotografiska video

March, 2019
'In Character'

Tatler

Tatler

February 6, 2019
'Book of the Week: In Character by Anja Niemi'

The Guardian

The Guardian

February 3, 2019
'The big picture: Anja Niemi’s The Chrysler'

The RPS Journal

The RPS Journal

February, 2019
'Performance photographer’s vanishing act'

The Eye of Photography

The Eye of Photography

January 30, 2019
'Anja Niemi: In Character'

FD Persoonlijk

FD Persoonlijk

September 1, 2018
'Dromen van Cowboys'

Verktidskrift

Verktidskrift

July 1, 2018
'Anja Niemi, en berättande soloartist'

Hunger Magazine

Hunger Magazine

May 23, 2018
'Anja NIemi'

Pibe Magazine

Pibe Magazine

May, 2018
'Anja Niemi'

Vice

Vice

March 13, 2018
'Photos of a Faceless Cowgirl Riding Free in the Wild West'

Metal Magazine

Metal Magazine

Date Unknown
'A stunning cinematic self-portraiture'

Anja Niemi

'The Blow'

Sat 14 Dec 2019 - Sat 18 Jan 2020


Solowhow
The Ravestijn Gallery

Anja NIemi

'She Could Have Been a Cowboy'

Sat 8 Sep 2018 - Sat 27 Oct 2018


Soloshow
The Ravestijn Gallery