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NORWEGIAN ARTIST ANJA NIEMI’S work has emerged as a distinctive force within the venerable tradition of portraiture. Working alone and always in character, Niemi is photographer, director and female lead, inserting herself into the lives of her fictional characters. Extending the genre of self-portraiture, Niemi is a visual storyteller. Her images are presented as a cinematic exploration of identity, gender roles and our relationship with ourselves. Photographed in meticulously crafted sets, Niemi’s face is often obscured from view, but her presence is powerful nonetheless.
With past exhibitions in Amsterdam, London, New York, Oslo, Paris, San Francisco and Shanghai, her first museum retrospective is opening in February at Fotografiska in Stockholm. This book features 170 photographs organized into the six series – Do Not Disturb, Starlets, Darlene & Me, Short Stories, The Woman Who Never Existed, and her latest, She Could Have Been A Cowboy – that have marked her career to date. It is a perfect introduction for those encountering Niemi’s ethereal photographs for the first time, and a comprehensive retrospective of her career to date for her long-time followers.
Thames & Hudson, Dhs 120
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: INTERMISSION, 2018, FROMTHE WOMAN WHO NEVER EXISTED SERIES; THE SECRETARY, 2013, FROM THE STARLET SERIES; THE FLOWER ROOM, 2017, FROM THE WOMAN WHO NEVER EXISTED SERIES