Reka Nyari: Stories of Women and Resilience through Ink

Finnish photographer, Reka Nyari brings across the tales of four women and their response to struggle and pain in **Ink Stories**, a show that expresses the resilience and strength of these women through body art.

In view from February 28th – April 6th at Fremin Gallery in New York, Reka Nyari**Ink Stories** series reveals how the intricately woven threads of ink on the women’s skin empower their spirit as acts of defiance, vows of power, and emblems of transformation of the mind through the physical body.

Here are the four kinds of women expressed…Meet Geisha Ink, all her tattoos were done by her lovers as a rebellion to her conservative upbringing; Valkyrie Ink- where her tattoos are her strength and armor, as she grew up in abuse; Mother Ink, her tattoos are inspired by great women. She got pregnant by an abusive man, left it all to go back to her small town to raise her son and Death Ink, who’s a  medium, contacts spirits and has dealt with death all her life.

About: Reka Nyari – Born in 1979 to a Finnish mother and a Hungarian father, Reka started painting even before she could walk or talk. This led her to New York to study Painting at SVA at the age on 17. Her love for Photography started when she started modeling after graduating from school, and traveling and working in Asia and Europe. Reka moved back to NYC in 2004 and started her career as a photographer.

Living and working in New York City, Reka Nyari’s practice spans from fashion and fine art photography and videography, to elaborate installation and performance pieces. Oscillating between mischievous eroticism and wistful splendor, her work employs and explores traditional ideals of beauty and gender to portray sexuality from a predominantly female perspective. Nyari’s images of nude figures are not strictly intended as alluring portraits – while deriving their emotional charge from the familiar motifs of erotic photography, they expand the pictorial vocabulary to the realm of narratives, layering in personal histories and fictitious content. Unapologetically, Nyari embeds luscious and empowered bodies in luminous landscapes or against staged backdrops. Nudity, gesture, gaze, as well as objects become intrinsically linked to the feminine identity.

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