ELINA WAAGE MIKALSEN
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)