Ina Otzko, born in Sandnessjøen, Norway 1972. Lives and works in Norway & Italy. She holds a dual Master’s from the Image and Communication (2004) and Fine Art (2007) programs at Goldsmiths College in London and an additional Master’s degree in Sound Studies (2012) from Berlin University of Arts, UdK. Otzko was the first recipient of Twendeprisen / Twende Art Award in 2018.
Otzko works with various mediums including photography, video, sound, sculpture, installation and text. Her works has been presented in numerous spaces, museums and galleries both at home and internationally.
Otzko is co-initiator and director of ABH/ ArtBase Helgeland 66°N and its international AiR-Exchange program in collaboration with Kari Elfstedt, curates exhibitions and public art projects and is art consultant for KORO (Public Art Norway). She is chairwoman for NNBK / The Association of North Norwegian Visual Artists since 2015 and member of the Artistic Advisory Board of LIAF / Lofoten International Art Festival since 2012. Member of the selection jury for CPR / Curatorial Research Program 2018 Dimming the Northern Lights. Founder, curator and organiser of 100 Norwegian Photographers and founder of The Hour of Man.
Ina Otzkos oeuvre presents contemplations on the human condition and behaviour and is influenced by philosophy and mysticism – particularly in context to time and space and her personal search for spiritual and emotional transformation. Her inspiration is drawn from her extensive journeys set against research of mankind’s encounter with time.
Through practical and theoretical processes she investigates the complexity between memory and experience, reality and representation, human behaviour and spiritual ecology. She moves between employing analogue and digital technology, an exchange which offers alternative ways of reflecting upon time and the juxtaposition of our (dis)connected existence.
Her current projects explore questions regarding relationships, identity and ownership of the natural landscape and body, matters of borders and the space between.
Eric and Louise Franck Collection, London UK
Ingo Seufert Gallery for Contemporary Photography, Munich Germany
Alstahaug Municipality, Norway
Helgeland Kraft AS, Mosjøen, Norway
British Petroleum, BP Norway AS, SKARV FPSO (permanent installation)
N E W S. For NNKS – Mind The Map!, Barents Spektakel, Kirkenes (No) Sandnessjøen Gymnasium (No) (permanent installation)
FALLING FOR RELIGION, Galleri Backer, Vestfold University College (No)
Firmus Female, Petter Dass Museum (No)
BIP – Berlin, Germany
Haugaland DPS, Rogaland Art Centre, (No) (permanent installation)
Stella Domus, sculpture. DKS, collaboration with Ura skole, Sandnessjøen, (No) (permanent installation)
Mennesker og Landskap (Man and Landscape). HALD AS, Norway
Da Adolfo Positano, Italy 2014
Interiors 72/12 Norway, 2012. Collaboration with Hanne Bramness (poems)