ABOUT ABH/ ARTBASE HELGELAND 66°N - AIR HELGELAND-BERLIN
ABH/ ArtBase Helgeland 66°N was founded in 2005 by Ina Otzko and Kari Elfstedt.
ABH is currently run by the artists Ina Otzko, Kari Elfstedt and Toril Bonsaksen. ABH is a non-profit artist initiative organizing and producing site-specific exhibitions and projects. ABH is promoting projects, which challenges boundaries and critical discussion concerning development of rural places and spaces in the north and how it may affect the local environment in a long-term perspective. ABH aspire cross boarder projects that explore new ways of active participation aiming to connect people, places and spaces for artistic, cultural and critical exchange and expansion beyond what is already known.
Registered in The Brønnøysund Register Center in 2013 / Org. nr: 912535762
ABH is part of the High North AiR Network
(Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia)
About Ina Otzko
Otzko lives and works in Norway / Italy. She holds a dual Master’s from the Image and Communication and Fine Art programs at Goldsmiths College in London and an additional Master’s degree in experimental sound studies from Berlin University of Arts, UdK. Her works are intimate and intense emotive spaces investigating the human condition, drawn from an abounding deposit of her travels and travails. Set against research of the human encounter with time and exploring the complexity between memory and experience, reality and representation and psychological narratives of identity, corporeality, power, human behavior and spiritual ecology. She has created an extensive body of work encompassing video, photography, installations, sculpture, sound, text and performance. Otzko curates exhibitions and public art projects and is art consultant for KORO (Public Art Norway). She is chair woman for NNBK / The Association of North Norwegian Visual Artists since 2015 and member of the Artistic Advisory Board of LIAF / Lofoten International Art Festival.
Founder of 100 Norwegian Photographers, The Hour of Man and Your Happiness is Right Here™.
About Kari Elfstedt
Elfstedt is working in many fields of Arts. She has diploma from The High School of Arts and Crafts, Oslo and post education as a Creative Curator at The High School of Arts in Bergen. She has a long experience as a Costume designer for Feature films, and won the Norwegian Amanda Film Award for best costume in Landstrykerne. She works as a Textile Artist, has curated exhibitions, is an Art Consultant for KORO (the Norwegian Public Art commissioning body) Chair of Norwegian Arts and Crafts, Northern Norway 2010-2014. Elfstedt has produced several commissions herself as an artist and mainly works with large sculptured textiles inspired by the Japanese Shibori tradition.
About Toril Bonsaksen
Toril Bonsaksen (b. 1973, Sandnessjøen, NO) is a metalartist based in Sandnessjøen. She has an MFA in Jewellery, Sculpture and Metalart from The National Academy of Arts in Oslo, 2008. In 2017 she also finished a partime study in Curator work. Several of her artwork have been purchased by The National Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, private collectors and she has done several Public Art commisions. Her main material is Metal, often scrap Metal and found object. She works with topics by putting familiar materials and elements together in a new context. Old objects and materials that carry a story get new life and new stories are being told.