Salla Tykkä (b. 1973, Helsinki) is an artist, filmmaker and photographer who addresses issues of power, control and memory. Her body of work within the moving image applies the narrative means of both fiction and documentary film. By alternating both distancing and immersive elements of imagery and sound, Tykkä succeeds in entwining collective and personal dimensions in her works, which are characterized by powerful visual narrative and a strong balance of form and content. Self-portraits are a thematic continuum in her photographic works – exploring her own personal history and identity has been central to her films and photography since the 1990s.

Salla Tykkä’s work has been widely noted internationally both in exhibitions and at film festivals. Salla Tykkä graduated from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2003. She lives and works in Helsinki. In 2001 she was selected to participate in the Venice Biennale. Her solo exhibitions have been held at Galerie Anhava in Helsinki (2015), the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Newcastle (2013), Drimart Garibadi in Istanbul (2012), EX3 in Florence (2011), and the Hayward Gallery Project Space in London (2010), among other venues. In recent years, she has participated in several group exhibitions at venues and events including the Metropolitan Arts Centre in Belfast (2013), the Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts of Lausanne (2013), the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art (2012), the Turner Contemporary in Margate (2011), the 17th Biennale of Sydney (2010) and Momentum in Moss (2010).

Her films have been featured at international film festivals, including the 60th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (2014), the 8th Miami International Film Festival (2009), the 36th International Film Festival Rotterdam (2007), the 21st Brest European Short Film Festival (2006) and the Tribeca Film Festival, New York (2003). In 2014, Giant by Salla Tykkä was awarded the Canon Tiger Award for Short Film at the 43rd International Rotterdam Film Festival. She is the first Finnish filmmaker to receive this distinction.