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Currently lives and works in The Hague, Netherlands


Karolina Rupp (b.1988, Germany) grew up in Pretoria, South Africa. With a background in sociology, anthropology and photography, Karolina worked in a Pretoria-based art studio and as of early 2016 is living in The Netherlands. Currently in her final year of the BFA at the Royal Academy of Arts (The Hague), Karolina’s work has shifted from relying exclusively on lens-based media to an artistic practice rooted in sculpture and installation. Imbued with phenomenological undercurrents as well as the elements of chance and surprise, her interest lies in the intuitive artistic process itself as a potential catalyst to discover and make sense of the unknown. Her work has been shown in various group exhibitions both in South Africa and The Netherlands.

Bachelor of Fine Arts with specialisation in Sculpture/3D (Sep 2016 – Jul 2020)
– Royal Academy of Art (The Hague, NL)
Advanced Certificate in Professional Photography (Jan 2013 – Dec 2013)
– Vega School of Brand Leadership (Pretoria, RSA)
Higher Certificate in Photography (Jan 2012 – Dec 2012)
– Vega School of Brand Leadership (Pretoria, RSA)
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology & Anthropology (Jan 2010 – Dec 2014)
– University of South Africa (Pretoria, RSA)

Selected Exhibitions
‘Note to Self’ at Helena van Doeverenplantsoen (g), The Hague (NL, 2019)
‘Today I Taste Tomorrow’ at Helena van Doeverenplantsoen (g), The Hague (NL, 2019)
‘Everything must go’ (One Nest Stand #26) at NEST (g), The Hague (NL, 2017)
‘The Narrative Portrait’ at SE Centre for Photography (g), Greenville SC (US, 2015)
‘Prospect Poem’ at Grounded at Echo (s), Pretoria (RSA, 2015)
‘Miniatures’ at Long Street Art Lovers (g), Pretoria (RSA, 2015)
‘A summer evening stroll’ at Blokhuiz Studio Collective (g), Pretoria (RSA, 2014)
‘Exit’ at Kaimara Gallery (s), Pretoria (RSA, 2014)
Graduation Group Exhibition at Vega Pretoria (RSA, 2013)

Arteles Creative Center – ‘Silence, Awareness, Existence’, Haukijärvi (FIN, Feb 2020)

Long listed, Aesthetica Art Prize 2015 (UK, 2016)