May 4th - June 22nd, 2019
Galerie XII Los Angeles is hosting the West Coast debut exhibition of Norwegian artist Anja Niemi. The exhibition In Character presents both Niemi’s most recent body of work, She Could Have Been A Cowboy, and a unique installation of significant works from her previous acclaimed series, along with ephemera and props used in her photographs.
Over the past decade, Niemi’s self-portrait narratives have garnered wide international acclaim since including a recent solo museum exhibition at Fotografiska Stockholm and the publication of her first retrospective monograph, In Character, by Thames & Hudson. In each of her series, Niemi puts herself in the shoes of her character, always staging, acting and photographing alone.
A concurrent installation of Niemi's work is being presented at Hollywood's prestigious new h Club Los Angeles, a members-only creative club which seeks to expose unique rising figures in contemporary art.
Niemi (b 1976) studied at the London College of Printing and Parsons School of Design in Paris and New York. She resides and works on an island across from Oslo.
Niemi always works alone. Photographing, staging and acting out the characters in all of her photographs.
Since her first solo exhibition in London at The Little Black Gallery in 2015, she had gallery exhibitions in Oslo, London, Paris and New York and has been shown at Art Fairs (Photo London, Photofairs San Francisco, AIPAD).
She had her first retrospective museum show at Fotografiska Stockholm in February 2019, together with the publication of a book at Thames & Hudson. Her work is highly collectable – including being part of the Nion McEvoy Collection, the Hudson Bay Company Global Art Collection, and the Susanne von Meiss Collection (exhibited at C/O Berlin in 2016 with the accompanying book published by Kehrer). Her works have very successfully sold at auctions, including the Christie's Photographs sales in London in May 2018.
Four monographs of her works have alread been published.
View Anja Niemi's work online.