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
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.
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.
About Ina Otzko
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. Current positions are Chairwoman for North Norwegian Association of Visual Artists / NNBK 2015-2022 (4 periods), Board member for Norwegian Association of Visual Artists / NBK 2019-2021, Board member (deputy) NNKM / Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum / appointed by Nord-Norske Bildende Kunstnere & Norske Kunsthåndverkere Nord-Norge (2020-2023). For past positions visit her website.