Since female nipples are banned from social media while guns and violence are ok, here is my censored version of Kiss of My Kettlingr from my new series VALKYRIE INK.
Valkyrie Ink traces the compelling story of Eowyn, a resilient and rebellious young woman, who endured emotional and physical pain since childhood. Inextricably linked to the story of her difficult life, this series portrays her brave spirit and her marked skin, which both bear the scars of her past and the signs of her resistance. In an act of strength best understood as “putting on her own skin,” of arming herself, Eowyn adorned her body with a shield of tattoos. Yet, before the first emblem was inscribed on her skin in permanent ink, she developed the sense that empowerment laid in the rhythms of cuts and their scars which seemed to form an increasingly impenetrable shell. By cutting herself, she literally thickened her skin. Her metamorphosis continued when, at the age of 16, she got her first tattoo and connected to the power of ink to fortify her body and amplify her personality. The titillating lines, undulating images, and powerful words that cover her skin are marks of their bearer’s bravery, and evidence of her insubordination. The ink is who she is, desires to be, and who she has become.
Last week I posted a photo of me posing next to my art pint and did not censor the nipples.. which cause Instagram to delete my post, and Facebook to block my account to 30 days. Facebook has been an important social media tool for me to promote my art and events, and them blocking my account right before the opening of my next solo exhibition and book launch has been incredibly inconvenient. Not to mention hypocritical, as male nipples, guns, and violence are all allowed. I did not post pornographic, violent, or dangerous content.. only an image of my art that featured two female nipples.
Facebook needs to re-think it’a nudity censorship guidelines. Female bodies do not exist only for sex, and not all nudity is pornographic. It is necessary that we reframe how we look the female body and sexual empowerment, as well as violence and guns for a better society as a whole.
I’m excited to announce that I’ll be premiering my brand new series VALKYRIE INK at the Emmanuel Fremin Gallery in NYC on March 1st.
Among the many allegories we use to decipher life and relate to others, that of “having a thick skin” is one that resonates with most. It touches a visceral urge to fortify ourselves, to add a shield to our vulnerable body. Nyari’s series Valkyrie Ink portrays Eowyn, a young woman who endured a great deal of trauma since her childhood and who, in an act of rebellion irregardless of her desire for flight, from the age of 16 on adorned her body with an abundance of tattoos. Best understood as an audacious act of resistance, these did not only send a deliberate signal of strength to peers and predators, but reclaimed a body marked by the scars of self-inflicted cuts and a soul marked by abuse and mistreatment. The undulating lines, symbols, and words that cover her skin become an emblematic suit of armor.
Existing luminously in commanding poses, illuminated brightly against a dark backdrop, Eowyn is shown at times in ferocious movement and at times in tender stillness. The enigmatic scenes are embedded in imagery from Viking folklore, saturated with glimpses into her personal history. Nyari draws from the myth of the Valkyrie, Norse heroine goddesses who choose those who may die in battle and those who may live. The artist exaggerates this ethos using costume and items faithful to actual Viking weapons and adornments; the works’ titles reference legendary female Viking warriors, goddesses, and Norse weaponries.
While Nyari explores the creation of a strengthened self-image through tattoos, the scenes which the artist invents often transcend into the realm of discomfort, of unease. Nyari constructs a storyline around her heroine, thus proposing that self-empowerment and reconciliation with one’s traumas is inextricably linked to the creation of a personal mythos – it is the act of creating one’s own skin, of inventing one’s own story.
The resulting photographs are nuanced portraits of a female warrior, telling a story of strength and transformation, and of the over-enduring female spirit. Nyari’s sensitive portrayal of Eowyn’s scars and adornment, both understood as physical manifestations of the heroine’s abuse and resilience, carry an inspiring combination of vulnerability and courage. Addressing the complex facets of body art, Nyari makes Eowyn’s tattoos understood as symbols of vigor and triumph.
The artist says: “these tattoos remind Eowyn to stay courageous and tough. They tell the story of her life and allow us to peer into her past and share her emotion and bravery. For example, the large Phoenix on her back shows her rebirth and her spirit that, instead of breaking, broke free.”
The exhibition will run through April 15th.
Emmanuel Fremin Gallery is located at 547 W 27th St #510, New York, NY 10001. Opening hours are Tues-Sat from 11am-6pm.
For more info, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s been a while since I had the time to write an entry.. it has been an insanely busy Summer. Feels like in the last year, I’ve finally achieved a balance between shooting creative fashion and commercial work, and my Fine Art photography.
One of the projects I worked on over the last few months was a collaboration with model/activist Alexandra Wynne, and amazing fashion stylist Ise White. We created a fashion editorial that 1st ran in the Worldwire preview issue of Refuse Magazine (a magazine entirely dedicated to raise awareness to the refugee crisis) and then later in the sustainable fashion magazine Eluxe. Our goal was to create a visually beautiful fashion story with using actual items that the refugees use in their journey from Syria to Greece.. from life jackets, solar puffs, space blankets, donated blankets and jackets.. to actual jewelry that the children had beaded at the camps.
My baby girl Ilo made her 1st editorial debut in the story.. and we had an inspiring day shooting with a powerful all-women team in my studio in Tribeca. Ise created incredible pieces right at the studio using raw materials.. turning refuse into fashion couture.
Photographer: Reka Nyari
Fashion Stylist: Ise White
Make Up Artist : Rachel Wood Toledo
Hair Stylist : Sacha Harford
Photo Assistant: Scott Furkay
Model: Alexandra Wynne
It’s finally out! The story we shot for Spirit and Flesh magazine is available for purchase here:
“Insomnia” for Spirit and Flesh MagazineSpring Issue 2017
Photographer: Reka Nyari
Fashion Stylist: Cynthia Altoriso
Make Up Artist: Rachel Toledo @raybrownpro using MAKEUP FOREVER
Hair Stylists: Danielle Cirilli and Georgie Calvert
Body Paint Artist: Corinne Tweddel
Photo Assistants: Scott Furkay and John Moran
Assistants: Sally Watson, Abigail Heller, Shane Reynolds, Maria Luz
Model: Sam Romberger @ IMG
Sometimes I love going back and re-editing and retouching an older story. We did this bright lipped story a few years back with the amazing makeup artist Georgi Sandev, and model Matta Matthiasdotir. It is now re-freshed, and back in my book. :)
We had an an intense, heat-filled 3-days time shooting this in one of the most beautiful canyons I have ever been to, just outside of las Vegas.
Just out in the print issue of HUF magazine last week.
Kuddos to an amazing team, who was all smiles regardless of the 1am call times, severe cold and dust-filled heat, and grueling 20h days!
Photographer: Reka Nyari
Fashion Stylist: Ise White
Make Up: Rachel Wood
Hair: Jakob Sherwood
Photo Assistants: Scott Furkay, Carly Feehan
Fashion Assistant; Alex Robinson
Models: Kailey Hsu @ Next, Tiffany Keller @ Elite
Shot on location near Further Future, www.furtherfuture.com
I shot the awesome Olivia Jordan a few months ago… and here are the shots!
We had fun playing at the studio and creating some leather/lingerie looks that were a bit more edgy than the usual Beauty Queen shots.. but we had to include a silver lace crown as well.
Photography: Reka Nyari www.rekanyari.com
Fashion Stylist: Alex Robinson and Karen Weaver
Make Up: Stevi Christine
Hair: Trace Henningsen
Model: Olivia Jordan
I recently had an interesting experience going back to my “roots”, and shooting again on analog film for the newest issue of Honest Magazine.
I dag out my art-school camera from my SVA days (Nikon FM10), bought 20 rolls of Ilford 400 and 3200 film, and planned a shoot in my Tribeca studio.
For the story, I wanted to portray the human emotions on both of my models.. Anger, Happiness, Fear, Surprise, Sadness, and Disgust.
We had so much fun shooting.. Models Marta and Sergio gave each emotion all their acting abilities, from screaming (anger) to digging out their boogers (disgust). It was fun and scary to shoot on film again.. I had no idea what I was getting, and was racking up quite a bill with the film.
Hope you like the results.
Photography: Reka Nyari
Make Up Artist : Kim Weber
Hair Stylist : Sokphalla Ban
Photo Assistant: Brenden Savi
Models: Marta Morillo and Sergio Bochert
I wanted to share some sexy new photos I shot for the luxury lingerie company Fleur Du Mal, with the gorgeous Lauren Bonner.
All shot using only the ambient light available at the elegant suite at the New York EDITION Hotel.
More coming soon.. x
Caught red handed yesterday on our shoot for my “Nude York” photo series…
Featured in the Daily mail today.. oh the fun!