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Eemil Karila

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Birth year

Lives in
Helsinki and Berlin

Works in
Helsinki and Berlin



Eemil Karila (1978), currently based in Berlin and occasionally in Helsinki.

" I work in various mediums in my art and the subject usually defines the technique of the work. I am interested in society, how it is constructed and how this reflects us; how citizens can be economical products and what are the powers, that tell us what to do and expect. Through my works I want to provide the possibility for people to discover something of our daily lives that they usually don’t have the possibility or time to notice. Further, I hope that we all would understand our position in our mutual hamster’s wheel."

Works also in collectives as:

Contemporary Santa Claus Artist Association (Eemil Karila & Kalle Lampela)


Born 1978, Rovaniemi.
Lives and works in Helsinki and Berlin
(Contemporary Santa Claus Artist Association, Eemil Karila & Kalle Lamplela)


97-02 Academy of Arts in Estonia, Tallinn
99-00 Instituto de Artes Plasticas de Armando Reveron, Caracas, Venezuela
06-08 Academy of Arts in Finland, Helsinki


Solo exhibitions

2009 Surface Values, Program Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2009 ARTSCAPE, Gallery Vartai, Vilnius, Lithuania
2007 Bar9, Helsinki, Finland
2006-07 ”How to seduce a cynic?”, Gallery Mältinranta, Tampere, Finland
2006-07 “Fart in a Sahara”, Aine Art Museum, C.S.C.A.A., Tornio, Finland
2005 - 2006 touring exhibition arranged by the Oulu regional art museum, Finland
2006 ”Selected works”, finnish institute in Oslo, Norway
2006 “vergangenheitsbewältigung” Helsinki Art Museum, gallery Kluuvi, Helsinki, Finland
2005-06 MADE IN LAPLAND, Galleria Jangva, C.S.C.A.A. (Eemil Karila & Kalle Lampela), Helsinki, Finland
2005 ”POST OFFICE”, Linnagalleria, Tallinn, Estonia
2005 Finlandsinstitutet gallerii, Stockholm, Sweden
2004 “ Jingle! ”, C.S.C.A.A., Gallery Titanik, Turku, Finland
2004 “GLOBAL HOME”, Painters Unions gallery, Helsinki, Finland
2004 “trans air”, transformers, Viinistu Art museum, Estonia
2004 “EXERCISE”, Contemporary Santa Claus artist association, gallery napa, Rovaniemi, Finland
2004 “titled”, gallery Rajatila, Tampere, Finland
2003 “titled”, gallery napa, Rovaniemi, Finland
2003 “Eemil from Lapland”, Tallinn city gallery, Estonia
2002 ”Transformers, jesus and angel”, Jazz gallery, Pärnu, Estonia
2002 ”Transformers”, gallery of Art Academy, Tallinn, Estonia
2000 Sala Austria, Caracas, Venezuela


Selected group exhibitions


2009 Smart, Christmas viewing, Gallery Korjaamo, Helsinki Finland
2008 ”Souvenirs”, Gallery S12, Bergen, Norway
2008 New Works, Gallery Fafa, Helsinki
2008 Todella Siistiä, Rauman Taidemuseo, Rauma
2007 ”Piirustusluokka”, Taidehalli, Helsinki
2007 ”Nulle terre sans seigneur ”, C.S.C.A.A., University of Lapland, part of methodological
research seminar “Locations of Emancipation”, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland
2007 ”Souvenirs”, Svolvær Lofooten, Norway
2007 ”Constructing the identitty”, Hornsey galllery, London, UK
2007 ”Lecture of contemporary art”, Keminmaa county office, Keminmaa, Finland
2007 Mäntän kuvataideviikot, Mänttä Art Festival, Mänttä , Finland
2007 Ars Kärsämäki, Kärsämäki, Finland
2007 “Collage”, Oulu Art museum, C.S.C.A.A., Oulu, Finland
2007 “Minä haluaisin olla koira”, “I would want to be a dog”, Rauma Art Museum, Rauma, Finland
2006 “LEFT”, Kiila ry:s 80th anniversary exhibition, Art hall, Helsinki, Finland
2006 “Masters of the university”, Academy gallery, Helsinki, Finland
2006 ”Permission to grow old”, Hobusepea gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
2006 Pikasso, Art Supermarket, Helsinki, Finland
2005 Mäntän kuvataideviikot, Mänttä Art Festival, Mänttä , Finland
2004 “Rajaton”, national drawing exhibition, Joensuu Art museum, Finland 1.prize (C.S.C.A.A., Eemil Karila & Kalle
2004 “Kesänapa” Summer exhibition Laplands Artists´ Association, gallery napa, Rovaniemi, Finland
2003 “Kesänapa”, Summer exhibition Laplands Artists´ Association
2002 ”Autoportree”, Theatre gallery, Pärnu, Estonia
2002 Exhibition of diploma works, Art Museum of Tallinn, Estonia
2001-02 ”Flowers or something” Raattuse gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
2001 ”Cult”, Museum of energy, Tallinn, Estonia
2001 ”50 x 50”, Art museum of Kuresaari, Estonia
2001 ”Water”, Theatre gallery, Pärnu, Estonia
2005 110. annual Finlands artists exhibition, Helsinki Art hall, Finland
2003 ”Den Store Elgutstillingen, Telemark Fylkesgallerii, Nodtodden, Norge
2003 “Old and new Art”, Art Museum of Kerava, Finland
2003 ”ARS Arctica”, Art Museum of Rovaniemi, Finland
2002 ”Artist union of Lapland in Kerava”, Art Museum of Kerava, Finland
2002 ”Drawing 2002”, Annual exhibition of Graphic Union of Estonia, Art Hall of Tallinn, Estonia
2002 ”Old and young”, Residence of Albu, Estonia
2002 ”Painters Union of Estonia, Annual exhibition, Art Hall of Tallinn, Estonia


2008 Finnish Culture Fund (Lapland region), for artistic practise
2008 Visek, project grant
2007 Lapland Art Council, for artistic practice
2006 Valtos´ foundation, project grant
2006 Finnish Culture Fund (Lapland region), for artistic practice
2006 Lapland Art Council (residence grant)
2005 Finnish Culture Fund, for artistic practice
2004 Art Council of Finland (material costs)
2004 Lapland Art Council (1/2 year grant), for artistic practice
2004 Finnish Culture Fund (one year grant), for artistic practice
2003 Paulo Foundation (for exhibition activity)
2003 Finnish Culture Fund (one year grant), for artistic practice


University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland


- Finnish Painters’ Union
- Artists’ Association of Lapland
- Kuvasto ry


- Finnish cultural Foundation, Lapland county collection, Rovaniemi Art Museum
- Jenny and Antti Wihuri´s Foundations collection, Rovaniemi Art Museum
- Aune Laaksonen Foundation, Art Museum of Kerava
- Aine Art foundation, Art museum of Tornio, Finland

Recent Exhibits

Eemil Karila participated in these exhibits:

Sep, 2014 Kingdom Fall
GSL Projekt
Oct, 2011 Eemil Karila - Alte Schönhauser Straße 26
Galerie Suvi Lehtinen
Feb, 2011 Metrospective 1.0
Program e.V.
Sep, 2010 One-Night-Stand With The Gallery
Galerie Tammen
Mar, 2009 Surface Values
Program e.V.
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