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

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