Nykyri and Mendilibar

As a visual artist and documentary film director (MFA, Finnish Academy of Fine Arts & MA Choreography, Trinity Laban), I work with moving image in the fields of visual arts, film industry, contemporary dance and theatre. I use film and found footage to create documentary films and cinematic video installations. The themes of my works are often social but also corporeal, for example covering questions of freedom, gender, power and control.  I often work in creative collaboration, especially with contemporary dancers and co-operate with institutions and NGO’s, previously worked in collaboration f.e. with Amnesty International and UN Women.

My film works have been screened in over hundred international film festivals, galleries and art museums, i.a. Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Belgrade City Museum, Serbia, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt, Kunsthalle Helsinki, Tampere and Porvoo, Finland, and Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival, Toronto, Canada, where my short documentary film (produced by Finnish film production company Oktober) won the Best Short Documentary Film Award in 2012.

I graduated from Finnish Academy of Fine Arts (MFA, 2011) and from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (MA Choreography, 2017). I have also been studying in Slade School of Fine Arts, London (ERASMUS exchange student, 2010) and Kemi-Tornio University of Applied Sciences (BA, 2007). My professors and mentors in Finnish Academy of Fine Arts were Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Salla Tykkä, Liisa Roberts and Veli Granö.

Currently I am continuing my artistic and academic approach in relation to choreographic environment.