Aalto University of Art, Design and Architecture, Helsinki, Finland
Photo Associations & Memberships:
Union of Artist Photographers in Finland
About Anni Hanén
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 a year ago, 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.
Hanén´s works have been exhibited in solo exhibitions in Finland and in different group exhibitions in Europe. Her works have been seen also in international photography festivals, as in Festival Circulation(s) in Paris. Festival Circulation(s) curator Natalie Herschdorfer chose Hanén´s Just Small Hiccups work as one of the most touching projects in the festival. Her works has been chosen also as finalist in many international competitions, like Discovery Award (Encontros da Imagem - International Photography Festival, PT) and Nordic Dummy Award (NO). Hanén´s works are frequently represented in various photography medias and blogs.