SAANA WANG is Finnish artist born in 1979. Her work evokes situations in which people seem to be grappling with the structures of power and tension in time. Her practice is at the crossroads of several artistc disciplines and is characterized by her use of both still images and video.





2019 2156  Gallery Hippolyte, Helsinki, Finland

2017  Sing a song together with the blind men, Galerie La Ferronnerie Paris

2016 SCENE, (with Erica Nyholm)  Photographic gallery Peri Turku, Finland

2015 DOMA, Nordic Contemporary Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria

2013 Hujialou, TR 1, Kunsthalle Tampere, Finland

2012 Vitrio, Joy Wai Gallery, New York, USA

2011 Forgotten Sceneries, Gallary TaiK Berlin, Germany

2010 Questa Stanza Non Ha Piu' Pareti(with Ari Marcopoulus), Viale Col di Lana, Milan, Italy

2010 Hujialou, Photographic Gallery Hippolyte, Helsinki, Finland



2020 (COMING) Winter Garden Photograph project , Houston Center for Photography, USA

2018 Does it feel familiar, The Finnish Museum of Photography

2014 reGeneration2, Museum of Fine Arts Yekaterinburg, Russia

2014 Photo Global 10 years, SVA New York, USA

2014 Collected North, Gallery X-ist, İstanbul, Turkey

2014 reGeneration2, Landskrona fotofestival, Sweden

2013 Summer School- The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland

2013 Olana Life, Light & Landscape, The National Library, New York USA

2012 Reflexions Masterclass at Rencontres d’Arles Photographie, France

2012 Letters of Olana, The National Library, New York USA

2011 Touching Dreams, The National Museum of Photography, Copenhagen Denmark

2011 reGeneration2, Galerie Azzedine Alaïa, Paris France

2011 reGeneration2, Caochangdi PhotoSpring Festival, Peking China 

2011 reGeneration2, Centro de las artes, Monterrey Mexico

2011 reGeneration2, Rencontres Internationales de la Photo,Fez Marocco 

2011 North by New York, Scandinavia House, Nyc, USA

2010 reGeneration2, Aperture Foundation Nyc USA

2010 reGeneration2, Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milan Italy

2010 reGeneration2, Flash Forward Festival, Toronto Canada 

2010 reGeneration2, Fotoweek DC, USA 

2010 reGeneration2, Miami Dade College, USA 

2010 The Helsinki School at Daegu Photo Biennale Korea 

2010 reGeneration2, Pingyao International Photography festival, China

2010 reGeneration2, Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town, South Africa 

2010 New Releases Photo Global, New York USA

2010 reGeneration2, Rencontres d’Arles, France

2010 reGenenration2, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland

2010 Helsinki School Photography and Video NOW, Helsinki City Art Museum

2009 ITS#8 International Talent Support the Finalists, Trieste, Italy 

2008 Paris Photo, The Helsinki School Gallery, France 

2008 Art Forum Berlin, The Helsinki School Gallery, Germany

2008 Young Guns, Jukka Male museum, Helsinki Finland

2008 Common responsibility exhibition, Sanomatalo, Helsinki Finland

2005 Music for the Artist, Veemvloer, Amsterdam The Netherlands

2004 Stars, Young Artist Video Festival, Planet Art, Enschede The Netherland



2019 Arts promotion center finland, Exhibition Grant

2017 Avek, promotional funds

2017 Frame Finland, travel grant

2017 Finalist, Vevey Book Award, Switzerland

2016 AVEK / Media Arts, project grant

2016 Artist residency, Centre Photographique d’Ile-de-France, Paris, FR

2015 Artist residency, Centre Photographique d’Ile-de-France, Paris, FR

2014 Plat(t)form participants 2015 at Fotomuseum Winterthur    

2013 Arts council of Finland, 1-year working grant

2011 Nominated, FOAM Paul Huf Award

2011 Nominated, Reflexions Masterclass

2011 Arts council of Finland, travel grant

2011 Arts council of Finland, project grant

2011 Finnish Cultural Foundation

2009 Arts council of Finland

2009 Alfred Kordelin Foundation

2009 Finnfoto ry 

2009 Winner ITS8 International Photo Award, Trieste Italy

2009 Presidential Scholarship, SVA, USA 

2009 Arts council of Finland 

2009 Young Artist Grant, Finnish Art Association

2009 Finnish Cultural Foundation, Uusimaa Regional Fund

2008 Patricia Seppälä Foundation



2156-Artist talk, Centre Photographique d’Ile-de-France, Paris, 2018

  2156 book published by Neuflize OBC,  Centre Photographique d’Ile-de-France 2017

Artist talk with Jonna kina and Azad Asifovich , Ambassade de Finlande, Paris France 2016

Critic review, Turku Newspaper, September 2016

Artist talk2016Artist talk Landskrona fotofestival, Sweden 2014

Helsinki School - From the Past to the Future, Hatje Cantz 2014

Untapped Cities, New York, May 2012

GB Times,Helsinki, July 2012

The New York Times, North By New York, August 19th, 2011 

The Helsinki School - A Female View, Hatje Cantz, 2011 

North by New York: New Nordic Art, Exhibition Catalogue, R. Storr / F. Pietropaolo, 2011

The New Yorker, May 23, critic’s notebook, North by New York, 2011

ModernPainters April, critic’s review Aoife Rosenmeyer, 2011

Artist talk with curator Francesca Pietroapaolo, Scandinavian House 2011

Nyt, Helsingin Sanomat, Finland May 2011

Souvenirs From the Earth, tv

Ikono tv 

Photography-Now 1.11 Janyary, Portfolio Article,cover, 2010 

Daegu Photo Biennale catalogue 2010 – The Helsinki School, 2010

reGeneration2 : Tomorrow’s Photographers Today, Thames &Hudson 2010

Valokuva, muisto - viesti - taide, Leena Saraste musta taide 2010 

The Helsinki School, Vol III, Young Photography by Taik, Hatje Cantz 2009 

Hufvudstadsbladet critic choise 31.7.2010

Helsingin sanomat critic choise 6.3. 2010 

Finnish weekly news magazine Suomen Kuvalehti,2010

GQ Italia, Documentary in L’Aquila, 2009



Musée de l’Elysée collections, Lausanne, Switzerland 

The Collection of Saastamoinen Art Foundation, Finland

Private Collections in Europe and USA



Union of Artist Photographers, Finland

Av-Arkki RY



2013-2007 MA of Arts, Aalto University School of Art and Design Helsinki, Finland

2012-2011 Reflexions Master Class

2010-2009 Photo Global, School of Visual Arts, New York, USA

2004-2000 BA of Arts , Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2000-1999 BTECF Art&Design , Ravensbourne College og A&D, Kent, UK