I am a photographic artist based in Helsinki, Finland.
My passion is creative portraiture and I make images with elements from fairy tales, fantasy world and past times. You might know me from Atelieri O. Haapala, a Neo-Victorian photographic art project which was active between years 2008-2016. Atelieri was a collaboration with my husband Marco Melander and together we made thousands of vintage-style portraits in Finland and abroad. Last year we made a book: The Fantastic World of Atelieri O. Haapala.
At the moment I’m doing my MA at Aalto University, studying Visual Cultures, Curating and Contemporary Art (ViCCA).
Parallel Times, solo exhibition, VB-valokuvakeskus, Kuopio, Finland (Atelieri O. Haapala)
Liisa Ihmemaassa, group exhibition, Kerava Art Museum, Kerava, Finland
Marraskuvia, solo exhibition, Kallio Kunsthalle, Helsinki, Finland
I Got You Under My Skin, group exhibition, Voipaala Art Centre, Valkeakoski, Finland (Atelieri O. Haapala)
PhotoVisa Festival, Krasnodar, Russia (Atelieri O. Haapala)
Time Travel, solo exhibition, Photographic Centre Peri, Turku, Finland (Atelieri O. Haapala)
A Retrospective, solo exhibition, Nordic Photographic Centre, Oulu, Finland (Atelieri O. Haapala)
Dress Up, group exhibition, Panopticon Gallery, Boston, MA, USA (Atelieri O. Haapala)
An Eye For an Ear, group exhibition, Photography Open Salon // South East Asia at China House, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia
About Alice And The Rabbit, solo exhibition, Gallery Ibis, Vaasa, Finland
Alter Ego, solo exhibition, Lönnstöm Art Museum, Rauma, Finland (Atelieri O. Haapala)
An Eye For an Ear, group exhibition, Photography Open Salon // Arles at Gallerie Huit, France, First price winner of 100 photographers.
Alice in Wonderland, group exhibition, ECCO Espacio de Creación de Contemporánea, Cádiz, Spain (Atelieri O. Haapala)
5 Years Of Glitter And Mayhem, group exhibition, Jukka Male museum, Helsinki, FIN (Atelieri O. Haapala)
Alice in Wonderland, group exhibition, Logomo, Turku, Finland (Atelieri O. Haapala)
About Alice And The Rabbit, solo exhibition, Galleria Volga, Helsinki, Finland
Atelieri O. Haapala, solo exhibition, Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki (Atelieri O. Haapala)
Everything You Did Not Want To Know About Alice And The Rabbit, solo exhibition, Café Valo, Tampere, Finland
Tampere School of Art and Media, BA in visual design, 2006
Edinburgh College of Art, animation, 2005
Liminka School of Art, fine art, 2001