Jenni Toivonen (b. 1993) is a Finnish photographer and visual artist currently based in Helsinki. Her work settles in the space between documentary and fine art photography and she also works with other media such as film, texts and illustrations.

She uses visual storytelling as a way of describing societal changes, meanwhile pointing to a state that is more subjective and open-ended. Her interest in topics such as migration, identity and environment motivates her work as well as the places that she gravitates towards and her relationship to them. Her work often meditates on the connections between the inner and the outer world in a way that is ontological and reflective.

Toivonen holds a BA in Photojournalism from the University of Tampere (2018) and has also studied documentary photography in Buenos Aires (UNQ). Currently she is working on personal projects and commissions as well as finishing her MA in Photography at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture.


2020 The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki
2019 Gallery Ibis, Vaasa, Finland
2019 Helsinki Photo Festival, Helsinki, Finland
2019 Pelt Photo Festival, Pelt, Belgium
2016 The Press House, Helsinki

Grants/ Awards / Mentorships

2020 The Finnish Cultural Foundation
2020 Women Photograph Mentorship Program
2020 Aalto ARTS production grant
2019 Canon Student Development Program @Visa pour l'image
2019 Aalto ARTS Production grant

Any enquiries: jenniemilia.toivonen(a)                            

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