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Visual artist and photographer

+ teaching, mentoring & curating

Living in Helsinki, in Finland


Anni Hanén was born in Lahti, Finland in 1981. She received her BA (2010) and MA (2013) from Aalto University, School of Art, Design and Architecture, Department of Media from Photography. After graduating she has worked with her series Just Small Hiccups, and has created her first photo book from the series, published by Kehrer Verlag. Hanén has influence on fine art photography field in Finland being member of the board (2017-) at Union of Artist Photographers in Finland. From 2014 she has been teaching and keeping workshops in visual arts and photography in Helsinki area, inter alia in the Finnish Museum of Photography. Since 2004 she has participated in solo and group exhibitions and has received various grants. Hanén lives and works in Helsinki.

Hanén´s works are visual poems, made from deeply personal point of view, however portraying the universal feelings to understand live. Her starting points are often daily notes, but it is power of imagination that matters. Her aim is to create own language to each of her stories.

In Hanén´s new project “Trace” she reflects different traces of memory; those expressing emotions, places or people. With this work she uses both cyanotype and digital collage combining archive materials and staged photography to tell stories that are clearly separate from our day to day reality.

Hanén´s first monograph Just Small Hiccups was published fall 2016, by the world’s leading publishers of photo books, Kehrer Verlag. The reflections of her own childhood combined with her child´s view creates a visual dialogue between mother and son, past and present. This language they create together in this series expresses emotions, remembrance and memories.




Master of Arts

2010-2013 Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Media, Photography MA

Bachelor of Arts

2006-2010 Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Media, Photography BA


2002-2006 Pekka Halosen akatemia, Photography and Graphic Design

1997-2000 Helsinki Upper Secondary School of Visual Arts



Union of Artist Photographers in Finland

Takamaa Collective

Cooperative Lilith


Positions of trust

Union of Artist Photographers in Finland, member of the board, 2017-


2019 Wiesbadener Fototage, Frauen Museum Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, DE

Solo Exhibitions

2019 Trace, Juniper Hall, Head On Photo Festival, Sydney, AU

2018 Jälki - Trace, The Photographic Centre Nykyaika, Tampere, FI

2018 Pieniä ilmakuoppia vain – Just Small Hiccups, Galleri Zebra, Karjaa, FI

2016 Pieniä ilmakuoppia vain – Just Small Hiccups, Valokuvagalleria Hippolyte - Photographic Gallery Hippolyte, Helsinki, FI

2015 Pieniä ilmakuoppia vain – Just Small Hiccups, Pohjoinen valokuvakeskus – Northern Photographic Centre, Oulu, FI

2014 Pieniä ilmakuoppia vain – Just Small Hiccups, B-Galleria, Turku, FI

2006 Puutarha (Garden), Galleria omahuone, Helsinki, FI


Selected Group Exhibitions and Presentations

2019 Art Fair Suomi, Helsinki, FI

2018 Confusing the Public and Private, 3rd PhotoBienal Beijing, CN

2018 Sheltering the Self, Athens Photo Festival, Benaki Museum, Athen GR 

2018 The Best of LensCulture screening (opening week), Voies Off Festival, Arles, FR  

2018 Emerging Talent Awards Exhibition, LensCulture, Klompching Gallery, New York, USA

2017 Art Fair Suomi, The Photographic Artists’ Association, Kaapelitehdas, Helsinki, FI

2016 Encontros da Imagem - International Photography Festival, Happiness, a place in the sun - Projections, Braga, PT

2016 Berlin Foto Biennal (4th Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography), European Month of Photography, Berlin, DE

2015 Little Circulation(s), Beaux arts Museum, Le Locle, CH

2015 Nordic Dummy Award, Fotogalleriet, Fotobookfestival Oslo 2015, NO

2015 Nordic Dummy Award Tour

Fotobok GBG2015, Gothenburg ( 24-27th of Septemper ), SE

The Photo book Week, Galleri Image Århus (8th-10th of October) DK

Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen ( 15th -25th of October) DK

Northern Photographic Center, Nordic Comic Festival, Oulu (5th- 7th of November) FI

2015 Tieto, Union of Artist Photographers in Finland, Hippolyte Studio, Helsinki, FI

2015 Barcelona International Photography Award, BIPA, 2015, Galeria Valid Photo, ES

2015 Hide&Seek, Galleria Hladilnica, Pekarna, SI

2015 Circulation(s) Tour 2015

Belfast Foto Festival, IE

BIP Biennale internationale de la Photographie et des Arts visuels de Liège, BE

Encontros da Imagem de Braga, PT

Format Festival (Grande-Bretagne)

Fotografia Europea de Reggio Emilia, IT
Lódz Fotofestiwal, PL

2015 Festival Circulation(s), Paris, FR

Little Circulation(s), Paris, FR

2014 Muotokuva (Portrait), SKjL (Union of Finnish Art Associations), Lahti Art Museum, Lahti, FI

2013 Art Fair Suomi, Union of Artist Photographers, Helsinki, FI

2013 Summer School, Photographic centre Peri, Turku, FI

2013 Summer School, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, FI

2013 MoA, Masters of Aalto University, Helsinki, FI

2012 Paris Photo, Gallerery Taik Berlin, Paris, FR

2012 Photography=Fiction? Gallerie beim Engel, Luxembourg, LU

2009 Pit-Photographs, Gallery Hiilikellari, Helsinki, FI

Works in Collections

State Art Comission Finland

Private collections in Finland and Sweden

Exhibitons of collective Takamaa (with Jenni Tieaho and Johanna Pitkänen)

2018 Joki, Tytyri mine experience, Lohja art museum, Lohja, FI

2017 Mänttä Art Fair, Mänttä, FI

2017 Artist of the Month, Gallery Sculptor, Helsinki, FI

2016 Metsän palttoo, Arboretum Magnolia, Lohja, FI


 2016 Pieniä Ilmakuoppia vain - Just Small Hiccups, Anni Hanén, Kehrer Verlag

Selected Publications and Works in Publications

2019 Head On Photo Festival catalog

2018  The Best of LensCulture vol. 2, Shilt Publishing

2016 Berlin Foto Biennal, Emotion and Commotions across Cultures, catalogue, Kehrer Verlag

2015 "7th Edition of the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers" book

2015 LensCulture, Editors´ Pick

2015 Festival Circulation(s) 2015 Catalogue

2013 Väritettyjä totuuksia – a book of lies, Musta Taide –Aalto Photo Books

2013 Masters of Aalto 2013 Catalogue

2012 Photomeetings Luxembourg 2012 Catalogue



2014 Berlin, Germany, Arts promotion Centre Finland


Awards, Grants & Subsidies

2017 Emerging Talent Awards 2017 finalist

2016 Discovery Award, Finalist, Encontros da Imagem - International Photography Festival, Happiness, a place in the sun, Praga, PT

2016 Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Taike, Travel grant

2016 Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Taike, Public display grant

2016 Frame Contemporary Art Finland, Project grant

2016 Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Taike, Project grant

2015 Julia Margaret Cameron Award (for Women Photographers), Finalist, Category Fine Art

2015 Nordic Dummy Award 2015, shortlisted, NO

2015 Barcelona International Photography Award, BIPA, 2015, finalist, ES

2015 Athens Photo Festival, shortlisted, GR