“When the sun goes down we see lemons” (2019-ongoing) explores togetherness, intimacy, and definitions of femininity through collaborative and performative self-portraits.

When stepping on the other side of the camera the boundaries between the photographer and the subject disappear. The result is a space filled with extraordinary empathy, warmth, and utterly engaging, strong characters. These inherently female subject matters unfold a universe that celebrates divergent expressions of femininity, and thus actively deconstructs them through humor, intimacy, and playful dress-up. As the self becomes theatricalized, the poses are decomposed. This deliberate confusion of aesthetics and visual codes calls strongly into question the normative Western canon of feminine codes: ways to be and ways to be seen.

Bio: Emma Sarpaniemi is an artist based in Helsinki. In her practice, Sarpaniemi explores definitions of femininity through humorous and performative self-portraits. Self-portraiture serves as a playground for Sarpaniemi where she aims to challenge conventional notions of femininity. By turning playfulness into a resource, she recognizes possibilities for new ways of being.
Sarpaniemi holds a BA in Photography from The Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague. Her work has been exhibited in Finland and internationally including Les Rencontres d’Arles festival, European Month of Photography Luxembourg festival, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Wäinö Aaltonen Museum, Galerie Anita Beckers, and Miettinen Collection, among others.