THE LITTLE BLACK GALLERY will be launching two new series at PHOTOFAIRS | SAN FRANCISCO
THE WOMAN WHO NEVER EXISTED by Anja Niemi was inspired by the words of the pioneering Italian actress Eleonora Duse. Eleonora worked the international theatre stage along side Sara Bernhardt in the early 19th century. In contrast to Bernhardt's outgoing personality, Duse was introverted and private, rarely giving interviews. She once famously told a pushy New York journalist, that ‘away from the stage I do not exist.’
Niemi takes on the role of a fictional character visualized after reading Eleonora’s words. The Woman Who Never Existed tells the story of an actress who only exists in front of an audience, when no one is looking she starts to disappear.
In the same way as before Niemi works alone. Photographing, staging and acting out the characters in all of her photographs.
Whilst ETUDES is a new series by photo-artist TYLER UDALL looking into gender, sexuality, and the blurry line we walk between fact and fiction.
The series challenges the cultural norms that dictate the way we look, the way we talk and most importantly who or how we can love, whilst observing people and places in their orbit.
ETUDES was shot between 2013 and 2016 in Vancouver amongst a community of millenials and Generation Z who are gentle, vulnerable and fiercely unapologetic.