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EXHIBITION · Emma Sarpaniemi · Two ways to Carry a Cauliflower

6 June - 16 June


Emma Sarpaniemi · Two ways to Carry a Cauliflower

Two Ways to Carry a Cauliflower by Emma Sarpaniemi is a performative photography series exploring identity in a refreshingly different, satiric and at the same time intimate way.  Her project explores women’s self portraiture, freeing the subject from the male gaze. The character depicted in the images is portrayed playfully and tenderly as a woman who behaves, looks, and performs on her terms and rules. Sarpaniemi fully owns this playfulness and turns it into a resource, and investigates possibilities for new ways of being, challenging traditional femininity and gender roles. The starting point for self-portraits in the project is often an object or clothing piece found at a flea market, from which the artist begins to construct a photograph. Sarpaniemi selects the clothes, stages the scenes, and designs the self-portraits herself. She is interested in using everyday objects in an unpredictable manner to create contradictions and alternative symbolic meanings within the photographs.


Emma Sarpaniemi (b.1993) is an artist based in Helsinki, Finland. Sarpaniemi graduated with BA in Photography from The Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (KABK) in 2019. In her practice, Sarpaniemi explores definitions of femininity through humorous and performative self-portraits.Self-portraiture is a playground for Sarpaniemi where her aim is to shake up conventional notions of femininity. Sarpaniemi’s work has been exhibited in Finland and internationally including Les Rencontres d’Arles festival, European Month of Photography Luxembourg, Galerie Anita Beckers, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Wäinö Aaltonen Museum, among others. Her work is in the public collections of HAM Helsinki Art Museum,The Finnish Museum of Photography, The Finnish State Art Deposit Collection, Turku Art Museum, Museum Folkwang, Wihuri Foundation Collection, Heino Art Foundation, Miettinen Collection, and private collections in Finland, Germany, The Netherlands and Switzerland.


6 June
16 June
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