An Enemy of the People in Oslo

by Rimini Protokoll



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Name: Mimmi Marianne Gjelstensli
Age: 55
District: Frogner
Nationality: Norwegian
I live by myself in a two-room with a balcony.

I have worked as a flower-arranger, and I am educated within nature management. I have also worked as a makeup artist.

I belong to the multi-asthmatics and multi-allergics, the ones who can’t eat raw vegetables, the ones who pull through, the everyday philosophers, the ones who have been asked to write a book about their life, the women who discovers, the observers, the ones who like wind and weather, the ones occupied with skin, the Finnmark refugees, the ones who loves music and the ones who write poems, but I do not belong to the women’s right activists, the ones who trust the social benefits system, the ones who give up or the ones who get shocked by life anymore.

I moved alone to Oslo as a 15-year old and I applied for a job as a nanny with a family living at Tanum. I still live in Oslo because I was given this flat. It’s a paradise for me. If it hadn’t been for this, I would have moved to Finnmark as a pollen refugee. I don’t know if I live here in Oslo in 10 years time, I don’t even know if I am alive – I have lived 35 years on overtime – so it’s one day at a time.

I know a little bit about Ibsen, he has written great stuff. In a way he is a little bit like me – he stands on the sideline and observes – the way I feel I do. So I feel a connection with Ibsen. And I have heard about An Enemy of the People. Mentally I feel like a strong woman. Standing alone has given me a strength. I have been on my own a lot but I was never bored.

When I was in a hospital and experienced a mistreatment that made me chained to bed – then I decided not give up – then I became a warrior. Life is a country road and when you get to a crossroad – then you need to take your time to think about what you shall do.

For the performances I will use my TT-card for a taxi from Frogner to the theatre. Before I would have walked – I used to walk everywhere, and I have never owned a travel card.