Joakim Ojanen was born in 1985 in Västerås. He lives and works in Stockholm. Ojanen completed his Master of Fine Arts at Konstfack, Stockholm in 2014.
Selected exhibitions include Snake Pit, The Hole NYC, New York (2019); Second meeting is always a bit tricky, last time was so spontaneous and easy, now there’s all these expectations and I’m not so good with social responsibility, Ruttkowski;68, Paris (2019); Where do we go from here? , Christian Larsen, Stockholm (2018); Year of the Dog, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica (2018); Anthropocene, Ruttkowski;68, Cologne (2017); Joakim Ojanen and Ryan Travis Christian, The Hole NYC, New York (2017); Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale, South Korea (2017); Interrupted Boredom, Lefevbre & Fils, Paris (2017); KARNEVAL, Gustavsbergs Konsthall, Gustavsberg (2016); Swedish Art: Now!, Sven Harrys Konstmuseum, Stockholm (2016); Humörsvängningar, Ebelingmuseet, Torshälla (2016); Konsthallen Passagen, Linköping (2016); Powerful Babies: The Impact of Keith Haring, Spritmuseum, Stockholm (2015-2016); The Bries Space, Antwerp (2015).
In 2018, Ojanen was the focus of features in the Los Angeles Times, Paper Magazine and Juxtapoz Magazine and Orosdi Back published a book on Ojanen’s practice as part of their ongoing Konstpocket series.
Ojanen’s work can be found in many public and private collections including Art Institute of Chicago; Colección Solo, Madrid; Västerås Art Museum; The Ryerson & Burnham Libraries, Chicago; Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgium; and Åberg Museum, Bålsta.
Photo: Frida Vega Salomonsson.