Anja Niemi

She Could Have Been a Cowboy, 2016

Chromogenic print

44 x 59 inches

Edition of 7 + 2APs, Signed by photographer

Anja Niemi

The Duel, 2016

Chromogenic print

44 x 59 inches

Edition of 7 + 2APs, Signed by photographer

Anja Niemi

The Fictional Roadtrip, 2016

Chromogenic print

44 x 59 inches

Edition of 7 + 2APs, Signed by photographer

Anja Niemi

The Girl of Constant Sorrow, 2016

Chromogenic print

44 x 59 inches

Edition of 7 + 2APs, Signed by photographer

Anja Niemi

The Imaginary Cowboy, 2016

Chromogenic print

44h x 59w in44 x 59 inches

Edition of 7 + 2APs, Signed by photographer

Anja Niemi

Bang Bang, 2016

Chromogenic print

27 1/2 x 20 1/2 inches

Edition of 12 + 2APs, Signed by photographer

Anja Niemi

The Motel She Never Visited, 2016

Chromogenic print

27 1/2 x 20 1/2 inches

Edition of 12 + 2APs, Signed by photographer

Anja Niemi

The Untraveled Suitcase, 2016

Chromogenic print

20 1/2 x 27 1/2 inches

Edition of 12 + 2APs, Signed by photographer

Anja Niemi

The Dress, 2016

Chromogenic print

27 1/2 x 20 1/2 inches

Edition of 12 + 2APs, Signed by photographer

Anja Niemi

The Bath, 2016

Chromogenic print

27 1/2 x 20 1/2 inches

Edition of 12 + 2APs, Signed by photographer

Anja Niemi

The Fall, 2016

Chromogenic print

20 1/2 x 27 1/2 inches

Edition of 12 + 2APs, Signed by photographer

Anja Niemi

The Graveyard, 2016

Chromogenic print

20 1/2 x 27 1/2 inches

Edition of 12 + 2APs, Signed by photographer

Anja Niemi

The Girl, 2016

Chromogenic print

4 x 3 inches

Edition of 12 + 2APs, Signed by photographer

Anja Niemi

The Cowboy, 2016

Chromogenic print

4 x 3 inches

Edition of 12 + 2APs, Signed by photographer

Anja Niemi

The Girl of Constant Sorrow, 2016

36 chromogenic prints

Edition of 3 + 2APs, Signed by photographer

Anja Niemi

The Dancing Cowboy, 2016

36 chromogenic prints

Edition of 3 + 2APs, Signed by photographer

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Anja Niemi: She Could Have Been A Cowboy
Exhibition: March 1st – April 14th, 2018
Opening Reception: March 1st, 2018, 6 – 8 PM

 


Suppose I were to tell you
about this cowboy
who’s not really a cowboy,
not in the regular sense of the term,
not in the sense that she drives cattle,
or rides horses,
or wears cowboy hats,
not yet anyway.
This cowboy is imaginary
but she exists,
like a sculpture trapped
inside a block of marble
waiting for her line of flight,
waiting for the sculptor
to start chiseling away at the stone.

by Lena Niemi

 


Steven Kasher Gallery is proud to present the first US solo exhibition of Norwegian photographer Anja Niemi. In her latest series, She Could Have Been A Cowboy, Niemi continues her investigations of the self. This time she turns the lens to a life lived under the constraints of conformity. Every day her fictional character finds herself trapped in the same pink dress, but what she really wants is to be a cowboy, dressed in fringe and leather, riding horses in the Wild West. Through this series of photographs with multiple layers and possible interpretations, Niemi delivers her most political work to date. Niemi says, "The story is not really about being a cowboy. It’s about wanting to be another." The exhibition is accompanied by a new monograph of the same name, published by Jane & Jeremy.

 


In order to visualize the imaginary world of her character Niemi had to experience it for herself. Alone in a rental car, dressed as a cowboy, Niemi visited and photographed all the places on her character’s annotated maps. She hiked up and down the mountains of America’s national parks and rode a horse on the same field John Wayne filmed one of his famous horse battles. Always trying to be what her character would have wanted, unafraid and unaffected by others. Niemi works alone, photographing, staging and acting out the characters in all of her images.

 


Anja Niemi (b. 1976, Oslo, Norway) 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).

 


Anja Niemi: She Could Have Been A Cowboy will be on view March 1st – April 14th, 2018 at Steven Kasher Gallery, located at 515 W. 26th St., New York, NY 10001. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM. For more information about the exhibition and all other general inquiries, please contact Cassandra Johnson, 212 966 3978, cassandra@stevenkasher.com.