Anja Niemi (b. 1976, Oslo, Norway) is a creator of elaborate fictions. At once artist and subject, she reimagines the genre of self-portraiture through photographic tableaux-vivants. Building on a rich tradition within photography of constructing worlds where fantasies can be played out, Niemi exerts an exacting control over her characters and locations. Such precision and attention to detail grants a space of freedom, which she uses to pose challenging questions, about the nature of the self, wanting to be another, and about conformity.