The Woman Who Never Existed


In her series The Woman Who Never Existed (2017), Anja Niemi was inspired by the words of the pioneering Italian actress Eleonora Duse. Eleonora worked the international theatre stage alongside Sara Bernhardt in the early 20th 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.

200mm x 145mm
58 pages
32 images
First edition of 100
Hand numbered with print
Published by Jane & Jeremy (2017)
with support of Norwegian Embassy London

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