Mari Hokkanen (b. 1979 in Finland) lives and works in Helsinki, Finland.
Mari Hokkanen is a photo artist who works with both film and digital techniques, telling stories that raise questions. The ambiguity of images intrigues her. “I mostly use myself as a model to integrate the performance into my work. I either find locations that inspire me to tell the story or I build up the set for it myself.”
Hokkanen graduated as a photographer in 2008 from Helsinki Vocational College, Finland. Her first solo exhibition was held the same year in Helsinki. Since then she has held solo and group exhibitions in Finland and abroad. Hokkanen participated in the Young Artist 2011 exhibition arranged by the Artists’ Association of Finland and her work has been seen as part of group exhibitions at the Art Museums of Lahti and Hyvinkää. Her first documentary exhibition Visiting Burj el- Shemal, about the life of the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, opened in Helsinki in January 2012.
Solo shows include: Gallery Oksasenkatu 11, Helsinki, Finland (2016); Peri Photographic centre, Turku, Finland (2016); P-Gallery, Pori, Finland (2015); Art Center Ahjo, Joensuu, Finland (2015).