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She Could Have Been A Cowboy
She Could Have Been A Cowboy, 2017
© Anja Niemi and The Little Black Gallery

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She Could Have Been A Cowboy

Exhibition: 8 Sep – 27 Oct 2018

Fri 7 Sep 17:00


Westerdoksdijk 603
1013 BX Amsterdam

+31 (0)20-5306005


Mon-Fri 9-17, Sat 12-17

She Could Have Been A Cowboy
The Imaginary Cowboy, 2017
112 x 150 cm, Edition of 7 + 2AP
C-type print
© Anja Niemi and The Little Black Gallery

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

The Ravestijn Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of the latest series by Norwegian artist Anja Niemi who 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