Essi Maaria 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 finishing her MA studies in photography at Aalto University, School of Arts. Orpana has also studied fine arts at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain.
In 2021 Essi was selected as one of the Futures Nordic Talents by Copenhagen Photo Festival. Her works have been exhibited in a solo show in Turku Kunstahalle, Turku, Finland (2020), curated group show in Latvian Museum of photography, Riga, Latvia (2019) and in Gallery Lapinlahti in Helsinki, Finland (2018), solo exhibition 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.