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The exhibition of Sofia Karinen: Colours carry, colours transport, with colours

Sofia painting on a big canvas.

20.10.–4.11.2022 Haparanda library

Sofia Karinen chooses the themes for her paintings from her everyday environment and the surrounding nature. She photographs interesting objects with her smartphone and composes pictures on canvas with colourful oil paint. Usually she does not sketch, but starts painting right away. According to Karinen, mixing fitting hues is a challenging and interesting part of the painting process.

The even hypnotic feeling of space in landscape and interior works is created by the variation of small and large areas of colour. The paintings of this exhibition include views from Tornio and Oulu regions as well as France.

Sofia Karinen is a 22-year-old Finnish-French visual artist. Drawing and painting have been important for Karinen since her childhood. She started art studies already at a young age in Oulu. Karinen has continued her art studies for two years in Liminka Art School, focusing on for example oil painting and graphics.

The artworks of Karinen have been presented before at the spring exhibitions of Liminka Art School and she has received scholarship by Oulun Saskiat Association in 2021. The exhibition of Haparanda Library is Karinen’s first solo exhibition.


The opening of the exhibition will be on Thursday 20th October at 14 (Finland’s time). There will be live music at the opening. Warm welcome!

Making space for artistry

The exhibition is part of project Making space for artistry - equity for disabled artists and artists who are Sign Language users. The project is coordinated by Culture for All Service and funded by Kone Foundation. The aim is to strengthen the professional opportunities and equity of disabled artists and artists who are Sign Language users in the art field.

One part of the project are the residencies that are carried out together with the Aine Art Museum. The aim is to find creative solutions for the residency work of disabled artists and artists who are Sign Language users. In the spring of 2022 we held an open call for artists for the residencies and the exhibitions, and altogether six artists were chosen. The artists will work in residencies during the autumn and each artist will hold an exhibition in different spaces in Tornio and Haparanda. In 2023, a group exhibition of all those who worked in the residency will be held at the Aine Art Museum.

Haparanda library

Free entry to the exhibition. The space is accessible, there is a lift to the exhibition space. 

Address: Packhusgatan 4, 953 31 Haparanda.

The exhibition is open (Finnish time):

Monday 13–20, Tuesday 13–20, Wednesday 13–20, Thursday 11–17, Friday 11–17, Saturday 11–15.

The exhibition is open (Swedish time):

Monday 12–19, Tuesday 12–19, Wednesday  12–19, Thursday 10–16, Friday 10–16, Saturday 10–14.

The logo of Making space for artistry.

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