Oslo Negativ: Anja Niemi, The Rider Vol. 1: Fotofestival at The Old Library

1 - 24 October 2021

Anja Niemi
The Rider Vol. 1

Oslo Negativ
1 - 24 october 2021

Opening Hours

11 - 18:00


The Rider Vol. 1, 2021

The Rider Vol. 1 is an ideological progression from Anja Niemi's previous series The Blow (2019), in which a female boxer has the lead role.  As with all of Niemi's work, the narratives she constructs and then performs, act as allegorical amplifiers to the conversations that lie beneath.

In her latest series Niemi recreates her character's struggle in the form of a rider and her horse. Trust and the will to understand each other are essential to their mutual bond. In good times they are one, connected in trust and respect. They are on an open-ended journey,  a journey that requires perseverance and the suspension of fear.

Niemi explored her boundaries by pursuing a collaboration with these impressive and wilful animals.  Hoping to understand them better she joined them in the meadow looking for a reciprocal trust - inviting them roam freely in and out of her frame - challenging her typical process of working alone, with complete and meticulous control.

The Rider Vol. 1 is a declaration of love, for the creatures the artist simultaneously
fears and adores.

The series will after the launch in Oslo be exhibited in Europe and the US.

Anja Niemi (1976) studied at Parsons School of Design in New York and has exhibited in galleries worldwide. Four monographs of her work have been published and her images are part of various public and private collections. Recent museum exhibitions include Fotografiska (Stockholm and Tallinn), MAAT (Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon),  Des Moines Art Center (Iowa) and Figge Art Museum (Davenport).

Equine (video)
by Massimo Leardini

An insight into the production of Anja Niemis The Rider Vol.1
August 2021





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