Visual artist and documentary film director Anna Nykyri is FCINY and ISCP’s artist-in-residency in July–December 2017. Nykyri works with moving images in the fields of contemporary dance, visual art and the film industry. In her practice she uses film, video and archival footage to create documentary films and cinematic video installations. Nykyri often collaborates with contemporary dancers, striving to create choreographed environments that become cinematic installations. She is currently finishing her MA in the Choreography program at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London.
Nykyri's artistic works explore political and corporeal themes, addressing questions of gender, power and control. For example, her short documentary 'Five Fragments of Extinct Empathy' (2011) discusses violence against women in Finland.
Nykyri’s cinematic works have been screened in various museums, galleries and film festivals internationally, including Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Parkin Gallery, Tehran, and Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto, where Nykyri’s short film 'Five Fragments of Extinct Empathy' won the Best Short Film Award in 2012. Nykyri has also collaborated with several NGO’s, such as Amnesty International, UN Women and Pink Ribbon Inc.
During her residency in New York, Nykyri will be working on an upcoming dance related documentary film and cinematic installation.