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Three new cof­fee ta­ble tomes to sur­prise and de­light

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

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