In her practice AnnaLeena Prykäri has since 2014 focused on exploring mental illnesses in society and the person behind a diagnosis. Silenced, ignored and marginalized topics are discussed from personal and emotional viewpoints.
Through her work Prykäri intends to embody the person behind a label in order to displace and highlight the stigmas, taboos and shame associated with mental illness; from the pharmacy shelves to the daily discussions. She aims to reveal the positive and negative sides of a diagnosis.
Prykäri often utilizes opposites in her work which are developed through her concepts, materials and even in her long working process. This enables her to create works that are complex, yet express a touch of dark irony in order to open up the topic.
Prykäri also interlaces personal and political aspects of a diagnosis with the duality in theme. She utilizes the interconnections between these themes collectively with the material`s anatomy, poetry and emotional foundation.
She references pain, sorrow and shame, as well as the complexity of diagnostics, the control of chaos and a personal archive – 365 days, 52 weeks of the year.