Essi Orpana (b.1988) is a visual artist currently based in Helsinki, Finland. At the moment Orpana works mainly with photography and video. Her themes deal with body and presence interrelated to time, space and identity. Characteristic to Orpana's work is to perform to or with a camera. Her approach to artistic work is personal, often with an uncanny twist.
Born in 1988, Orpana holds a BA from visual arts from Turku University of Applied Science Art Academy and is currently studying MA photography at Aalto University, School of Arts. Orpana has also studied fine arts at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain.
Lately her works have been exhibited in a curated group show “On Disappearance” in Latvian Museum of photography (2019) and "SPACED" in Gallery Lapinlahti, Helsinki, Finland (2019), Solo exhibition "Äänesi on kuin tuuli" in Ostrabothnian Photography Centre, Lapua, Finland (2017) and her photographs have been published in a book called A book of lies : väritettyjä totuuksia, (valokuvauksen opiskelijat ry, Aalto Books & Musta taide. Helsinki, 2013).
Apart from artistic work Orpana teaches photographic workshops and does freelance commissions.