08 February — 07 April, 2019
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.
"Anja Niemi´s captivation images are not only beautifully created stories of her fictional characters. Like mirrors they reflect questions asked by the characters on who we are ourselves, and who we perhaps would really want to be" – says Johan Vikner, exhibition manager at Fotografiska Stockholm.
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