The photographs were inspired by the words of the pioneering Italian actress Eleonora Duse – “away from the stage I do not exist”.
What is it about these words that made such an impression to the Norwegian photographer? “I could see everything right away, a story of an actress who started to disappear when no one was looking. Even though the quote is almost a century old, it’s so current. Sadly, I think many people can relate to that in our time.”
Eleonora worked at the international theater stage alongside Sara Bernhardt in the early 20th century but in contrast to Bernhardt’s outgoing personality, Duse was introverted and private, rarely giving interviews.