Karolina Sobel (born in Tychy, Poland in 1987, lives in Karlsruhe) is a photographer. Educated as an urbanist, studying at the Technical University of Darmstadt, she finally dedicated herself to Media Art at University of Art and Design in Karlsruhe. She accomplished study visits at EHESS in Paris, IUAV in Venice and some residencies. Since 2010 Karolina has worked as freelance assistant for photographers in Frankfurt, Paris and Stuttgart. Ever-since she works for different clients specialising on documentations, editorials, events, portraits.
In her personal projects, Karolina uses various media, mainly photography and video, with a documentary approach aimed at blurring the line between fiction and reality. Her interests include modes of representation of social topics (such as identity, process of building communities, social exclusions). She looks for different modes of the display for her works, that enable their narrative to expand, on the level of multiple discourses. Her graduation project If U are Ok, I am Ok stages the intimacy and concept of care - care for self as well the care for each other. The work consists of photographic portraits of Warsaw´s LGBTQ+ scene and urban landscapes as well as video, sound and research materials.
Karolina was a resident in Studio Vortex (Antoine D'Ágata) in Arles, the year before she was a DAAD scholarhip recipient in Johannesburg. She was nominated by the World Press Photo Association for the Joop Masterclass (2017) and Talent Award (2019). In 2020, Karolina is a scholarship Grantee of the Kunstststiftung Baden Würtenberg Art Foundation. She currently lives between Karlsruhe and Warsaw, collaborating with Rafał Milach, visual artist and photographer, an associate of the Magnum Agency.
Since 2015 she is a part of BFF (Association of Freelance Photographers in Germany), since 2020 BBK (Association of Fine Artists in Germany)
More of her artistic projects can be found at www.karolab.com
Foto: Mathilde Dieudonne