Azar Saiyar is Helsinki-based filmmaker and visual artist who works mostly with moving images. She often uses archive materials and plays with images and words of collective memory to look towards ways of looking, speaking, remembering and telling stories. She also does collaborative works with other artists.

Her films have been screened at international film and media art festivals, galleries, exhibitions, museum and from television.

Currently she is working with a project of multiple short films, texts and images called You must learn to shake your hands (a visual journal of a no use woman) and Monument of Distance – a found footage film piece on immigration and memory.

Azar Saiyar also works in a field of film and media education.

Hey You! | 2017/2018, 7 min
Catalogue Dialogue | 2017 6 min
Child and a Tea Glass | 2017 4 min
History Bleeds Under Your Fingernails | 2016, 7 min
Primus Tempus | 2014 5 min
Ring | 2013, 3 min (with Sini Liimatainen)
Helsinki-Tehran | 2009, 22 min
nay, null, absent | 2006, 26 min
snowsandrainpaper | 2006, 5 min (with Joonas Kiviharju)
Novy Roku | 2002, 18 min (with Joonas Kiviharju and Marja Viitahuhta)

As film editor
A World of Difference (by Jaana Pirskanen) 2015
Garden of Death (by Marja Viitahuhta) 2013
Sukupuolen äärellä (by Jaana Pirskanen) 2006
What Might Come (by Joonas Kiviharju) 2004
99 Years of My Life (by Marja Viitahuhta) 2003

Solo exhibitions
B-galleria, Turku, Finland 08/2017
Pori Art Museum (Rappu-space), Pori, Finland 02-03/2017
Galleria Rajatila, Tampere, Finland 01/2017
Galleria Huuto, Helsinki, Finland 04/2016
Titanik-galleria (project space), Turku, Finland 01/2014
Galleria Huuto, Helsinki, Finland 01/2014

Selected screenings
2018 IFFR, Netherlands
2017 Message to Man, Russia / Nemaf, South-Korea / Stuttgarter Film Winter, Germany
2016 Signes de Nuit Paris, France / Signes de Nuit Lissabon, Portugal / Viten Film Festival, Norway / International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany / Artova Film Festival, Helsinki 
2015 Kino der Kunst, Germany / Akbank Short FF, Turkey / Mediawave, Hungary / Neues Museum im Nürnberg, Germany / INVIDEO, Italy / Sleepwalkers, Estonia  
2014 Videomedeja, Serbia / Cairo Video Festival, Egypt / HLEF, Finland
2013 Derapage Montreal, Canada / Tampere Film Festival, Finland
2011 Videodumbo, New York, USA / European Media Art Festival, Germany
2010 l´Alternativa, Spain / Loop festival, Spain / Signes de Nuit Paris, France

Azar Saiyar at Instagram

Contact information
azar.saiyar (a)