Anja Niemi - The Fictional Roadtrip, 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: She Could Have Been A Cowboy

01/03/2018 - 14/04/2018

STEVEN KASHER 
515 West 26th Street 
Floor 2 
10001 New York

http://www.stevenkasher.com/   

 
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.