Sanni Saarinen (born in 1979) is a documentary photographer and writer based close to Helsinki in Espoo, Finland. She is interested in questions of identity, community, and belonging in world where people migrate all the time more. She works with societal projects, but also with more personal projects using auto-fictional elements.
She has a Masters Degree in Comparative Religions from the University of Turku and has studied photography in international photography school Efti in Madrid, Spain. Saarinen has worked years as freelance journalist and photographer for the Finnish media, but concentrates currently on her long-term documentary photographic projects. Currently she studies Master’s Program of Photography in Aalto University.
She has had private exhibition in Turku Kunsthalle and has participated in group exhibitions such as Open Walls in Galerie Huit Arles as part of official selection of Rencontres d’Arles in 2019 and The Best of Lens Culture in Klompching Gallery, New York, in 2018. Lens Culture awarded Saarinen as one of the Emerging Talents of 2018.
Curated Solo Exhibitions:
Longing for Roots, Kunsthalle Turku, Turku, Finland, 23.6.-21.7.2019
Curated Group Exhibitions:
Buy grapes, plums, get to know yourself, Porvoon Taidehalli, February 2021 (forthcoming)
Open Walls Arles of British Journal of Photography, Galerie Huit Arles, Arles, France, 1.-30.7.2019 coinciding with Les Rencontres d’Arles 2019
Lens Culture Emerging Talent, Klompching Gallery, New York, December 2018
Awards and Grants:
Lens Culture Emerging Talent Award, 2018
Patricia Seppälä Foundation, 2018
JOKES, Journalistic Foundation, 2018
Finnish Foreign Ministry, 2014
Grant for Master Studies, Efti, International Photography School, 2012
The Best of Lens Culture Vol.3
FotoRoom, January 2019: Link here
Raw View Magazine #10, 2017
Other projects and exhibitions:
Varissuo 2.0. - Communal Art Project in co-operation with multicultural Together Association, Exhibition in Turku Main Library, Turku, Finland, 1.7. - 31.8.2020
PYHÄ - Group Exhibition with Lotta Djupsund, Viena Kytöjoki and Kastehelmi Korpijaakko in Harakka Island, Helsinki, Finland, 5.-22.8.2020
Turun Taideseinä, Juuret -sarjan LED -näytöllä Turun kaupungin teatterin Kesävieras -näyttelyssä, heinäkuu 2019
Photo by Kimmo Brandt / Compic