Camilla R. Nicolaisen was born in 1988 in Lofoten, Norway and is currently based in Tromsø, with a studio space at Kysten, Troms Municipality Culture Centre. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Ceramic (Bergen), followed by a Master’s degree in Contemporary Art (Tromsø). She is also the co-founder and one of the curators of Tromsø’s Open Out Festival, an annual art festival with a focus on queer perspectives also scheduled for 2020, as well as Board member for The Association of North Norwegian Artist (NNBK). She also works freelance as an art consultant and is currently occupied with two building projects for Tromsø municipality.
Her artistic practice involves film, drawing, ceramic structures, sound art and installations with natural materials. Through various mediums, she explore and points out the silent interconnectedness that exists unconsciously between beings on the earth. She often seek to go beyond the underlying western concept of culture vs. nature, and other such dichotomies that create artificial separations, and enquires how habitual knowledge can keep existing in the present. The last few years, her main interests could be summed up as: forms of communication, herbal remedies usage and traditions connected to it, and relation to more than human beings. In short, the various symbiotic relationships with which our species is involved to ensure survival and how these bonds are changing–sometimes at unprecedented pace.
Conceptually, the overarching theme of her art practice relates to alternative knowledges connected to ecology and habitats. A lot of her artworks also take their roots from her experiences and observations of living in North Norway: for example, the “complex of lesser value” in the North that “forces” people into higher education within the western frames of intellectuality. From a phenomenological starting point, she therefore attempts to explore how local knowledge(s) of nature exist(s). More generally, she sees her work, both as an artist and curator, as part of a global movement to challenge the dominant narratives linked to colonisations, gender norms and consumerism.