Sara Jordenö is a documentary filmmaker, visual artist, researcher and educator, whose work resides in the intersection of site-specific and participatory art, anthropology and documentary cinema. Jordenö’s longitudinal projects often engage with groups and communities facing different types of marginalization. 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.
Jordenö studied Feminist theory at Uppsala University and Creative Writing at Nordens Författarskola Biskops-Arnö and earned a BFA from Malmö Art Academy and an MFA from UCLA Department of Art. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre, Iaspis, Stockholm, NIFCA, Belgrade/Helsinki, Baltic Art Center, Visby, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Program, the Art & Law Residency in Brooklyn and recently Abrons Art Center in Manhattan.
Jordenö's video installations and films have been shown internationally at venues such as the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Eye Museum, Amsterdam, Modern Museum, Stockholm and Modern Museum Malmö, Bildmuseet, Umeå, Malmö City Art Museum, the Kitchen and MoMA PS1. 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.
Jordenö is the director of the feature documentary KIKI, which premiered in the US documentary competition at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016, and has since been shown in over 80 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 had its theatrical release in Sweden by Folkets Bio in 2016, in the US by Sundance Selects/IFC in the spring of 2017 and in the UK by Picturehouse in the summer of 2017. Jordenö was a nominee for 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 has been an educator for 15 years, teaching BA, BFA, MA and MFA level courses in documentary and experimental film theory/production, site-specific participatory artistic practices and artistic fieldwork in dialogue with anthropological research methods. Jordenö is the co-founder, together with Amber Horning, of FringeField, a platform for researchers, advocates and cultural producers inside and outside of academia who concern themselves with the promise of fieldwork and of inclusivity of a multitude of narratives of lived experience.