In my series 'Trace,' my aim is to uncover different traces of memory; those expressing emotions, places or people. The process starts from daily life, by hearing, seeing, reading or experiencing the things that draw my attention. I like to think of my images as poems, made from a deeply personal point of view in order to understand universal feelings.
I use different layers of poetic forms to create my rhythms‚ Äîfrom free verse to storytelling. For me, it is important to develop a specific language for each of my stories. Within this work, I'm using both cyanotype and digital collage to combine archival materials and staged photographs. The archives range from old family albums to mobile snapshots. Although my starting points are notes from daily life, it is the power of the imagination that allows this work to touch upon universal experiences.
The main themes in my work are perishability and invisibility, combined with a critical look at the everyday habits that usually go unquestioned. At the same time, I want to tell stories that are clearly separate from our day to day reality. My use of different layers of time and imagination is combined into my blue image-world that return to the roots. The colour blue take us to the beginning of photography with a modern twist. Blue is also something deep in mind that I can't date exactly but is essential to the feeling of the work.
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Free artist talk:
When: 11:15am Saturday 4 May
Where: Juniper Hall, Paddington
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 an influence on fine art photography field in Finland being a 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 Finland.
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