Karoliina Paappa (b. 1983) is an artist based in Helsinki, Finland. She graduated from Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Department of Fine Art (2012). She has also done photography studies in the Ontario College of Art and Design, Canada. She studies currently at the Aalto University School of Art, Design and Architecture in Helsinki. Her works have been exhibited e.g., in South Korea, Poland, Estonia, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Italy and Greece. 


Paappa works mainly with photographic art and installation art. She is interested to observe issues of individuals and wider issues of society and culture. Currently she is focused on creating images inspired by performance as a healing act and by giving a voice to a voiceless through sharing stories. Some of her recent projects include photographing increasing poverty in Finland and human-centered design phenomena.

TEL. +358 45 273 0605


Curriculum Vitae


1983 Born in Janakkala, Finland

2002 Finnish Matriculation Examination, Savonlinna Senior Secondary School of Art and Music, Savonlinna, Finland

2009 Mobility exchange program (Photography), Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2012 Bachelor of Fine Arts, TAMK University of Applied Sciences School of Art and Media, Tampere, Finland

2015- Master of Arts, Aalto University School of Art, Design and Architecture in Helsinki


Solo Exhibitions (Selected)

2017 Bang Bang Gallery, Helsinki, FI

2017 Prosessigalleria, Online-exhibiton, FI

2015 Galleria Veranda, Finlandia-talo, Helsinki, FI

2014 Photissima - International Photography Festival, Torino, IT

2014 Artist of the Year-exhibition, Oulunsalo, FI

2014 The Northern Photographic Centre, Oulu, FI

2014 The Photographic Centre Nykyaika, Tampere, FI

2014 The Finnish Museum of Photography (Project Space), Helsinki, FI

2012 Scholarship exhibition, Gallery Rajatila, Tampere, FI


Collective Exhibitions (Selected)

2018 Unien Savonlinna, Savonlinnan Uusi Taidemuseo, Savonlinna, FI

2017 Taidelukio 50, Valssaamo, Helsinki, FI

2015 Salo Art Museum, Salo, FI

2015 Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre, Manchester, UK

2014 Fotóhónap 2014, - Hungarian Month of Photography, Budapest, HU

2014 Third Space, Helsinki, FI

2014 Aulagallery, The Craft Museum of Finland, Jyväskylä, FI

2011 NEU/NOW: Young Talent of the Future 2011 festival, Tallinn, EE

2010 Daegu Photo Biennale -International Young Photographers Exhibition, Daegu, KR

2010 Inter-Cool 3.0, Hartware Medienkunstverein, Dortmund, GE


Film Festivals/ Screenings (Selected)

2015 Encontros da Imagem - International Photography Festival, Braga, PT

2015 Łódź Photofestival, Łódź, PL

2015 The Finnish Institute, St. Petersburg, RU

2013 Malmö Nordic 2013, Malmö, SE

2012 Reikäreuna Film Festival, Orivesi, FI

2012 Oulu Art Museum, Oulu, FI

2011 Swan Lake: Moving Image & Music Awards, Mittweida, GE

2010 Reikäreuna Film Festival, Orivesi, FI

2010, 2009 Future Shorts, Tampere, FI


Other Artistic Activities (Selected)

2018 Valokuvatapahtuma, Sushibar +Wine City, Helsinki

2014 Supermarket Art Fair, Stockholm, SE

2013 Art Athina 2013 Art Fair, Athens, EL

2012 WHAT A MESS! Art Fair, Frederikstad, NO

2012 Supermarket Art Fair, Stockholm, SE



2019 The Paulo Foundation

2016 Aalto University, Project grant

2014 National Council for the Visual Arts, Project grant

2014 The Arts Council of Pirkanmaa, Project grant

2014 The Arts Council of Pirkanmaa, Travel grant

2014 Nordic Culture Point. Travel grant

2013 The Arts Council of Pirkanmaa, Project grant

2012 Nordic Culture Point, Travel grant


Works in Collections

Aalto EE Art Collection

Arte Primo

Tampere Art Museum

Oulu Art Museum

Salo Art Museum

Positions of Trust

2019- Board member, Foundation for Visual Artists´ Welfare

2018- Board member, SKjL – The Union for Finnish Artists’ Associations

2015 Chairperson of the board, Rajataide art association

2013 Board member, The Finnish Nature League, Häme-district

2012, 2014, 2015 Board member, Rajataide art association


Rajataide art association, honorary member

Kuvasto ry, the Finnish Visual Artists' Copyright Association

Photographic Centre Nykyaika

Vory, Union of Student Photographers of Finland


Complete Curriculum Vitae upon request.