Anja Niemi was born in Norway and educated in London, Paris and New York and now living between London and Oslo. Her series “Starlets” has been very successful and was exhibited at The Little Black Gallery in London. In this serie she combines the self-portrait with the idea of the staged narrative. The images are like stills or movie posters, with herself cast as all the characters. She calls herself a ‘one-man band’ as she always work alone.Her inspiration is intuitive but also comes from movies such as David Lynch films or even from dance performances.
Concerning her project called “Do Not Disturb“, she got the idea for the hotel rooms after reading an article on 1950s housewives in Norway getting a paid vacation from the government because of their difficult situation, and she started to imagine all the things they could have been doing, or the things she would have done. Then, she searched for the perfect hotel room, spending sometimes hours sometimes days to find the perfect inspiration, she says “It´s a little like dancing, I try to feel and let it out through my movement.” After all those peregrinations, here is the result of her fabulous work. It is tragic and intimate, full up with gravity and silence….