Sara Kärpänen

Location: East London

Sara Kärpänen (1987) is a Finnish-born visual artist (MA) and a writer exploring how the citizens shape and connect with their everyday, urban environment. She is interested in alternative ways of looking and using the urban space and re-imagining the everyday life. Sara holds a Master’s Degree in Visual Culture and Art in Public Space and BA Degree in Art Education.
Sara has collaborated with architects, street artist, urban planners and researchers and attended to international art festivals and seminars on art and public space.
Sara has given talks on street art and art in public space in London (Protest Factory, 2017 and Culture Jamming, 2016) and in Finland (Art in Public Space, 2017, Street Art Panel, Arabia Street Art Festival, 2016.)
Sara has exhibited both in group and solo exhibitions in Finland, England and Portugal. In January 2018, Sara had her first solo exhibition in London titled “Traces in the Cities” at Stour Space gallery, in Hackney Wick.


List of Exhibitions

2018 Traces in the City, solo exhibition, Stour Space gallery, London

2017 Stomach Third Edition, Hoxton Arches Gallery, London

2017 Nasty Women, Stour Space, London

2016 Space Invaders III

2015 De Liceiras, Art Residency, Portugal

2015 Kopparberg Urban Forest Festival 2015, mural

2015 Shopkeeper / Artist in Residence, Wick Curiosity Shop, R-Urban Wick / public works

2015 Open Gates, Curator, Organiser and Artist, Group Exbhition London UK

2014 Wintery Boom, Commission, Rebel Rebel Florist, London UK

2014 Hackney WickED Art Festival, London UK

2014 Space Invaders II, Autotalo, Pori Finland

2014 Pori–Lontoo–Helsinki, Poriginal Gallery, Collaborative Exhibition, Pori Finland

2013 Porin Kulttuurisäätö, Group Exbhition, Pori Finland

2013 Space Invaders I, Group Exbhition, Gallery 3h+k, Pori Finland

2013 Inauguração, Group Exhibition, Garagem Branca, Porto Portugal

2013 MoveUP, Galeria dos Leões, Group Exhibition, Porto Portugal

2012 Pori Arzz, Generaattori Gallery, Group Exbhition Pori Finland

2012 artERRORism, Curator / Artist, Group Exbhition Pori Finland

2009 Vallaton Voima, Ilokivi Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Jyväskylä Finland

2007 Om´pu, Solo Exhibition Helsinki Finland

2007 (Untitled) Group exhibition, Willa Gallery, Hyvinkää Finland

2006 Ketjureaktio, Group exhibition, Hyvinkää Finland

2004 Hyvinkää library, Hyvinkää Finland

Artist Residencies:

2018 (coming) EXLA AIR Artist Residency, Los Angeles, California, US
2017 LaunchPad, London, UK
2014 De Liceiras, Porto Portugal