supported by the Norwegian Arts Council



Opening Wednesday, 20. JANUARY 2016, 5PM

Exhibit runs until


As different externally as they are similar in their expressive depth, Elina Waage Mikalsen’s

works convey a relentless exploration of the self, and of the artist’s place within society. Her

videos, sculptures, poems and photographs invite the viewer to a compelling trip into the

artist’s world, articulated around key themes: identity, womanhood and feminism, social

inclusion and exclusion.


Elina Waage Mikalsen bears two family names, and two identities which she constantly

juggles: one Norwegian, the other Sami. Her work reflects this duality, and offers a dialogue

between cultures: it is a personal endeavor that reaches far beyond the individual, and

touches upon crucial social issues.


What is the line between the particular and the universal? Why do we exclude parts of our

own self, and why does society reject parts of Humanity? What if what we see is but a

distorted image of reality? These are all fundamental questions that Elina Waage Mikalsen

beautifully expresses through her art.


Elina Waage Mikalsen won Riddu Riđđu’s Young Artist of the Year award in 2015. This is her

first exhibition in Tromsø. This exhibition is a collaboration between the Tromsø International Film Festival, the Riddu Riđđu Festival and Small Projects.

(Marion Bouvier for Small Projects / January 2016)