A Babe Behind The Babe: An Interview with Anni

The MoMA was packed. But then again it’s always packed. With so many people, you tend to zone out and get tired, until someone of quiet pizzazz strolls in and slips right into the corner of your eye. Free of any friends, family, or escorts, this radiant wanderer drifted through paintings and people, careless of the crowd, like someone who practically lives at the museum. With a certain Meret Openheim backdrop in mind and a little battery-life left in my camera, I hoped she was cool with having her photo taken. Her name was Anni.

BATM: Hey Anni! Where is it that you’re from again and what keeps you busy these days?

Anni:  I grew up in the deep forests of Sweden, but currently I live with my boyfriend and our French bulldog in Gothenburg, Sweden. I’m studying for a master’s degree in architecture here at the Chalmers University.


You obviously caught our eye at the MoMA, but what was through your head at the time?

I wasn’t prepared to bump into someone who’d like to take a picture of me, so of course I was surprised at first, but flattered. I was supposed to choose a favorite painting to be photographed next to, but it was just too challenging for me. BATM had to make the choice, and I think it was an excellent one! I love the colors.


How’d you end up at the museum that day?

It was a warm and sunny October day, just perfect for city-strolling and spontaneous museum visits. My boyfriend and I were in NY for the first time and it would have been a sacrilege to visit NY and miss the MoMA.

There was a simplicity in your style that was very appealing. Do you remember what you were wearing? 

Of course I do, I was in my grey period and wore a Velour blouse, Cheap Monday jeans and black comfy boots. 


Tell us about your most recent museum trip.

Yes, it was to a local museum. It was an exhibition about the life as a circus performer, I really liked it. I like going to exhibitions where you as a visitor is allowed to interact with the “art”, you know, in this case dress up as a clown, walk the tightrope and stuff like that.


Is there an artist that touches your senses the most?

At the moment I’m into the photographer Vee Speers. Her collection of slightly bizarre children’s portraits in “The Birthday Party” is touching in many different ways.