Sara Jordenö, born 1974 in Robertsfors, Sweden, is a NYC-based documentary filmmaker, visual artist, researcher and educator, whose projects often concern communities facing different types of marginalization. Her work is informed by discussions around authorship andagency, and resides in the crossing points of site-specific and participatory art and documentary cinema.
Her feature documentary KIKI, which premiered in the US documentary competition at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016, has since been shown in over 60 festivals on five continents. Jordenö was awarded the Teddy Award for Best Documentary Film at the Berlin International Film Festival, the Kathleen Bryan Edwards Award for Human Rights at Full Frame Documentary Festival, The German Queerscope Award and Outfest's Emerging Talent Award. KIKI will have a theatrical release in the US in the spring of 2017 by Sundance Selects/IFC. Jordenö is a nominee for the 2017 A Matter of Act Award and the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Truer Than Fiction Award. In 2016 she was named by Variety and EFP as one of "Ten Women Filmmakers to Watch."
Jordenö’s longitudinal projects often engage with a specific site or community. In the process of making these works, she has collaborated with (and at times shared authorship with) sociologists, activists, community organizers and members of the communities that she investigates. Part of an international network of filmmakers, academics and community organizers working and thinking around hidden populations, Jordenö’s work is disseminated both in social sciences, contemporary art and film.
Her art work and films have been shown internationally at venues such as the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Eye Museum, Amsterdam, Modern Museum, Stockholm, Bildmuseet, Umeå, Malmö City Art Museum, the Kitchen and MoMA PS1. Jordenö has been an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre, Iaspis, Stockholm, NIFCA, Belgrade and Helsinki, Baltic Art Center, Visby, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Program and the Art & Law Residency in Brooklyn. She is currently an artist-in-residence at the Abrons Art Center in Manhattan. Jordenö's work has been commissioned by the Public Art Agency Sweden, Stockholms Läns Landsting, Gothenburg International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Printed Matter, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, MoMA PS1, Muscarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest and the 5th Berlin Biennial. She has been written about in the New Yorker, NY Times, LA Times, Modern Painters Magazine, Hollywood Reporter, The Guardian, I-D and many others.
Jordenö has been an educator for 13 years. Currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication Arts at Marymount Manhattan College, she teaches courses in documentary and experimental film production. Previously Jordenö was a member of the core faculty of the Masters of Fine Arts Programme at Valand Academy, Gothenburg University, where she taught courses in film, site-specific and participatory artistic practice and artistic fieldwork. She has been the educational leader of several contextual, site-specific and community-based projects with master students in Fine Art at Valand Academy, most notably the A Temporary Roof project in the rural area of Kalv outside of Gothenburg.