Karel Koplimets is an installation artist based in Ghent, Belgium. He has an MA degree in Photography (Estonian Academy of Arts, 2013) and he is currently part of the postgraduate programme at HISK (Higher Institute for Fine Arts, Belgium). He has received the Estonian Artist Laureate Salary (2020) and he was nominated for the main art prize in Estonia (Köler Prize, 2013). Koplimets has participated in various exhibitions in Estonia and abroad. Recent exhibition projects include: Resolutive Images, International Festival of Photography of Belo Horizonte (online, 2020), Case No. 16. Elements of Fear (5 Ways to End the World) (Tartu Art House, Estonia, 2020) and Flat Circle (Draakon Gallery, Estonia, 2019). His works are included in various collections in Europe, e.g., Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Musée de l'Elysée and Art Museum of Estonia. Koplimets has also participated in different art residency programmes, e.g., EIB Institute's Artists Development Programme (Luxembourg, 2019) and Helsinki International Artist Programme (Finland, 2015).
Karel Koplimets uses mainly camera based mediums to create room installations. In his latest projects he has been working with the changes and shifts in economics and the effects it has on people's everyday lives. He is interested in subjects such as gentrification, cross-border working and shopping. Other major themes he is interested in are mechanisms of fears, paranoias and conspiracy theories.