Virpi lives on a small island near Helsinki, in Finland. Earlier in life, Virpi was once a successful business woman who worked so much that she suffered from burnout and fell into a depression. She is — like many other members of the highachieving, neoliberal European society — among those who have suffered from the acceleration of work life. Where there are fewer opportunities to set up professional and personal boundaries, an overwhelming dynamic arises that is not often recognized before it is too late. Virpi’s story reveals the weak spots in a wellfunctioning welfare state such as Finland and the dark side of a socially and economically strong Europe.
Born in Frankfurt/Oder, Germany, in 1978.
2001–08: Master’s in comparative music studies, modern history, and Latin American studies, Freie Universität Berlin.
2009–12: Studied photography at the Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie, Berlin.
2012: Vattenfall Fotopreis, first prize;
2013: gute aussichten—new german photography (award); VG Bild-Kunst-Stipendium (grant).
2013–15: Master classes with Ute Mahler and Robert Lyons.
2014: Joined OSTKREUZ.
2014 / 2015 / 2017: Artist in residence at the Goethe Institute in Helsinki and HIAP — Helsinki International Artist Program.
2014 / 2015: European Photo Exhibition Award (epea) with group exhibition at Nobel Peace Center, Oslo; Villa Argentina, Lucca; the Gulbenkian Foundation, Paris, and the Haus der Photographie, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg.
2015: Lotto Brandenburg Kunstpreis Fotografie (award).
2019: Work grant, Hans und Charlotte Krull Stiftung.
2021: VG Bild-Kunst-Stipendium (grant); lecturer at Lette-Verein, Berlin.
Stephanie Steinkopf lives in Berlin.