Elina Waage Mikalsen

Elina Waage Mikalsen is a multidisciplinary artist and musician from Tromsø in Northern Norway, currently living in Oslo. She works with performance, textiles, installation and text, in connection to sound and sound practice. Elina has her background in art and film, and was awared the title Young Artist of the Year at the international indigenous festival Riddu Riđđu in 2015. Since then she has participated in a number of group exhibitions and performance programmes. Elina's artistic work is strongly intertwined with her Norwegian and Sami affiliations. The meeting point between these two cultures in her own family paints a picture of the power relations that haunt the society as a whole. In her work, this intimate view of society becomes a platform to explore themes related to identity and exclusion. In her sound work she often combines her voice with field recordings, electronics and self-built instruments to create sound spaces that sit somewhere between reality and fantasy. It is the emotional and narrative properties of sound that interests her, and how it can function as a time machine which causes time to collapse and sets both future and past in motion.

Photo: Lucas Leonardo Ibanez-Fæhn