Ina Otzko b. 1972, Sandnessjøen / Norway holds a dual Master degree from Goldsmiths College University of London, MA Image & Communication (2004), MFA Fine Art (2007) and an additional master from Udk, Berlin, MA Sound Studies (2012). Her artistic methods combine results from research, travel and experiences. She works mainly with photography video and sound but her practice also includes text, sculpture and performance. She participates frequently in courses and /or artist in residency programs (national and international) for research and inspiration. Her works has been presented in solo shows and numerous group exhibitions in Norway and abroad.
Ina Otzko additionally works as an independent curator, art advisor for the private and public sector and produces exhibitions and public art projects and is registered in KORO's public art register. Her latest project was the well received tome, 100 Norwegian Photographers, published by Hatje Cantz, was launched at Fotografie Forum Frankfurt and exhibited at the Norwegian Pavilion The dream we carry at the Frankfurt Book fair in October 2019.
She is co-founder and director of ArtBase Helgeland / ABH since 2005, initiator and organiser of the collocation of ABH and Kultur og Teaterverkstedet FYRET Kulturvågen in Sandnessjøen, Norway 2020. In 2018 she was the first recipient of the Art Award Twendeprisen for her artistic work and her engagement with the arts.
Ina Otzko is a certified course leader in worry management (2020), Yoga Teacher (2012) and Yin Yoga Teacher (2018) from Ashyiana Yoga School, Goa, India and Detox Therapist TCM / Tunsberg Medical School, Tønsberg, Norway (2016). She studied Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology (Grunnmedisin) at Tunsberg Medical School /HiNT nord-Trøndelag University College, Norway (2012), and was initiated into Usui Reiki I-III (2001) and Master / Teacher (2014) by Aseema Gjestad, Stavanger, Norway.
2021-2025 Board member, Artica Svalbard / appointed by KUD - Ministry of Culture
2020-2023 Board member (deputy) NNKM / Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum / appointed by Nord-Norske Bildende Kunstnere & Norske Kunsthåndverkere Nord-Norge
2015-2022 Chairwoman NNBK / North Norwegian Association of Visual Artists (4 periods)
2019-2021 Board member NBK / Norwegian Association of Visual Artists
2019- Artistic Advisory Board Stiftelsen Twende
2019-2020 Working group - for Kulturnettverk Nord, established 22.09.2020
2011-2020 Artistic Advisory Board LIAF / Lofoten International Art Festival
2019-2020 Nomination Committee Regional Project funds, Autumn / Rep. FFF
2019-2020 Allocation Committee Regional Project funds, Autumn / Rep. FFF
2017-2018 Jury member, Curatorial Program for Research, Dimming The Northern Light
2008-2010 Board member NNBK / North Norwegian Association of Visual Artists
Ina Otzko has resided mainly abroad since 1993, though always kept a firm bond with the north creating connections between people and places through various art projects and assignments. She currently lives and works in Northern Norway and Italy.