Ina Otzko’s (b. 1972 in Sandnessjøen, Norway) artistic practice encompasses photography, video, sound and sculpture. She moves between using analog and digital technology – an exchange that offers alternative ways of reflecting upon time in context to the human life span and issues regarding identity and ownership of the body and mother Earth. Through practical and theoretical methods, she explores the complexities of longing and belonging, memory and experience, reality and representation, human behavior and spiritual ecology.
Otzko’s work has been presented in solo shows and numerous group exhibitions in Norway and abroad. She participates frequently in artist in residency programs (national and international) for research and inspiration. Otzko holds a dual master degree from Goldsmiths College University of London, MA Image & Communication, MFA Fine Art and an additional master from Udk, Berlin,
MA Sound Studies.
She works as an independent curator, art advisor for private and public sector and produces exhibitions and public art projects. Her latest project was the well received tome, 100 Norwegian Photographers, published by Hatje Cantz, launched at Fotografie Forum Frankfurt and exhibited at the Norwegian Pavilion The dream we carry at the Frankfurt Book fair in October 2019.
Ina Otzko is Chairwoman for The Association of North Norwegian Artists (NNBK) since 2015, Board member for The Association of Visual Artist (NBK) since 2019, Board member (deputy) for Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum (NNKM) 2020-2023. Previously assignments includes amongst others artist representative for the Art Advisory Board for Lofoten International Art Festival (LIAF) in the period 2012-2020, Board member of NNBK 2008-2010.
In 2018 she was the first recipient of the Art Award Twendeprisen for her artistic work and her engagement with the arts.
Ina Otzko has resided mainly abroad since 1993, in Munich, London and Berlin, though always kept a firm bond with the north creating connections between people and places through various art projects and assignments. She is the founder of The Hour of Man, a project which aims are to work for an inclusive and diverse world community through collaborative projects; Director of ArtBase Helgeland 66N, a non profit artist initiative she founded in 2005 with Kari Elfstedt, currently run by Otzko, Elfstedt and Toril Bonsaksen; and in spring 2020 she initiated a collocation of production- and exhibition space for professional artists and theatre in Vågen, Sandnessjøen with the mission of opening the exhibition space spring 2021. Otzko lives and works in Northern Norway and Italy.