Joel Karppanen

Myllyniemi Sorting Site (The History of Log Driving), 2018, from series Common people songs

Joel Karppanen (b. 1993) is a visual artist known for his documentary photography series and essay films. Recently he’s been working with experimental photography and printmaking too.

Karppanen’s debut work, ‘Finnish Pastoral’ received international acclaim and was published in the Musta Taide book series in 2018. In spring 2019, he held his first museum exhibition at the Aine Art Museum in Tornio. In addition Karppanen’s works have been shown at numerous solo and group exhibitions including London, Vienna, Bratislava and Mänttä Art Festival. His latest gallery exhibition titled ‘Alhaisolauluja’ was exhibited at Gallery Halmetoja in 2020.

Karppanen has been awarded with the New Photojournalist and Jouko Lehtola Foundation’s Young Hero Award. His works can be found in several private and public collections including The Finnish Museum of Photography, Finnish State Art Commission and Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation.

Virtual Exhibition