Joel Karppanen is a visual artist whose main medium is documentary photography. Recently, he has also branched out to experimental short filmmaking. His photography series, Finnish Pastoral, tapped into the tradition of Finnish countryside imagery, documenting the structural change through agriculture. The project also gained international attention, and it was published as a book in 2018.
In his new project, Common People Songs, Karppanen depicts the political left, its history and current state. In this series, structural change is also an overarching theme. In addition to documentary photography, the project includes a short film borrowing influences from cinema classics while tying into the leftist political resistance of today.