Joel Karppanen (b. 1993) is a Finnish artist concentrating on personal, in-depth documentary projects which converse on topics around ordinariness. Karppanen has received recognition including New Photo Journalist Award and Young Hero Grant in 2017. He has have solo and group exhibitions in Helsinki, London and Wien and his works can be found in public and private collections. Karppanen's first monograph 'Finnish Pastoral' was published in 2018.
Sketch of Us – the first part of Joel Karppanen's autobiographical trilogy – is an exploration of love, intimacy and mental health.
In the core of the series is a coming-of-age story of Karppanen and his partner in life, Roosa. Depicting the everyday life of the couple in their mid-twenties the series portray a rare picture of young adulthood and maps the topography of growing up.