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ABOUT ABH/ ARTBASE HELGELAND 66°N 

 

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 and Frivillighetsregisteret in 2013 / Org. nr: 912535762

 

Email: post@artbase-helgeland.no

AiR: air@artbase-helgeland.no

 

Post:

Kirkåsveien 14

8803 Sandnessjøen

ABH is part of the High North AiR Network

(Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia)

 

 

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. 

 

www.torilbonsaksen.no

 

 

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. She also do stage design and costumes in collaboration with FYRET - stage productions for children and teenagers based in Sandnessjøen.

 

www.karielfstedt.com

 

 

About Ina Otzko

Ina Otzko (b. 1972, Sandnessjøen) is a visual artist based in Northern Norway and Italy. She holds masters from Goldsmiths College in London and UdK in Berlin, is certified Deep Listening® Teacher since 2022 from The Center for Deep Listening at Rensselaer NY. Ina additionally works as an independent curator, art advisor and consultant for the private and public sector and is registered in KORO's public art register. One of her projects is the well received tome, 100 Norwegian Photographers, published by Hatje Cantz, which 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 has been engaged with artpolitics since over a decade, positions includes board member for Artica Svalbard (2021-2024), board member for Norske Billedkunstnere / NBK (2019-2023), previously chairwoman for The Association of North Norwegian Visual Artists / NNBK (2015-2022), Artistic advisory Board for Lofoten International Art Festival / LIAF (2011-2020). In 2018 she was the first recipient of the Art Award Twendeprisen for her artistic achievements and engagement within the arts.

www.inaotzko.net