Karoliina Paatos is a photographer and artist living in Rovaniemi who works mainly in Finland and in the USA. For the past eight years she has been following two girls growing up on a remote, family owned cattle ranch in Nevada. Home schooling, helping with ranch chores, riding, roping, and playing mostly by themselves, fills their days. On weekends they compete in junior rodeos.
Calfs are born into the snow, dust is so fine you can see insect tracks. It takes hours to reach a grocery store. Here both people and plants are few and far apart to gather the needs for their sustenance.
Karoliina Paatos published her first monograph American Cowboy by The Angry Bat in 2016. It won The Most Beautiful Book of the Year award in Slovenia where it was published and was shortlisted in many book competitions. For the past fourteen years Paatos has been covering subjects all over the world for the biggest magazines and newspapers in Finland. Paatos has graduated from Aalto University’s MA program in Photography and Documentary Film and University of Arizona’s MFA program. Paatos won the The Finnish Association of Photojournalists Photo Essay competition in 2016 and was PDN’s student category winner in 2015 with her series Heroes about the gay rodeo. She frequently exhibits her work in solo and group shows and publications both in Finland and abroad.
Exhibition is open 30.3.–29.4.2019