"I work with photography, video, sound and sculpture. Project-based or in series. Here I explore how time changes the access to information and man's relational and structural challenges as individuals in a world community; our shared responsibility, human consciousness and ownership of our own body and of the Earth.
I investigate how the Earth's geology and formations, nature's presence and cycles affect man and our awareness of our surroundings, both the visible and the invisible. We are living in constant change, now more than ever, and this uncertainty reminds us of how vulnerable life is. In my work I dive into challenges and issues related to these processes of change and our shared responsibility for each other and the world we live in. I try to portray the unique connection we have to each other and nature despite the gap between rich and poor, freedom and oppression that grows in parallel with the greed that is about exploiting both earth and humans.
My projects often originate in research, travel and experiences where I am inspired by philosophical texts, nature, meditation and silence. I grew up on a small island on the Northern Norway, with unstable weather, light and darkness and the Atlantic Ocean close by. My close relationship with nature and the landscape and a broad spiritual platform affect everything I do. Time for reflection on life and what it means to be human and our potential is important in the process. I often go back to previous works that may take on new meanings due to my further research and changes in society. In this way, all my projects are connected and help to form the foundation of my art. The idea is that everything is connected to everything. We have the opportunity to change the future every day, and by highlighting the issues I address, I want to give the audience a key to their own reflection, dialogue and debate."
Ina Otzko’s (b. 1972 in Sandnessjøen, Norway)
Ina Otzko 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 practice includes photography, video, sound, text, sculpture and performance. She participates frequently in courses and /or artist in residency programs (national and international) for research and inspiration. Her work has been presented in solo shows and numerous group exhibitions in Norway and abroad.
She additionally 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. 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, 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 IO RAM , The Hour of Man, a project which aims are to work for an inclusive and diverse world community through collaborative projects; She is director and co-founder of ArtBase Helgeland 66N (2005-), a non profit artist initiative collaborative; and in spring 2020 she initiated a collocation of production- and exhibition space for professional artists and Fyret teaterverksted in Vågen, Sandnessjøen with the mission of opening the exhibition space Vågen Kunsthall spring 2021. Otzko currently lives and works in Northern Norway and Italy.
2015-2022 Chairwoman for The Association of North Norwegian Artists (NNBK)
2019-2021 Board member for The Association of Visual Artist (NBK)
2019-2021 Board member for The Association of Visual Artist (NBK) Solidarity Fund
2020-2023 Board member (deputy) appointed by NNBK for Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum (NNKM)
2019 Chair Nomination Committee Regional Project funds, Autumn / The Norwegian Association for Fine Art Photographers (FFF) for E. Kjelling
2019 Allocation Committee Regional Project funds, Autumn / The Norwegian Association for Fine Art Photographers (FFF) for E. Kjelling
2019- Art Advisory Board member for Stiftelsen Twende
2017-2018 Jury member and local host, CRP / Curatorial Program for Research, Dimming The Northern Light
2011-2020 Art Advisory Board member for Lofoten International Art Festival (LIAF)
2008-2010 Board member for The Association of North Norwegian Artists (NNBK)