About The Book
Assaults and street fights are everyday activities on weekend nights in Finland. People have a strong tendency to get rather intoxicated when partying and, once drunk, they are released from their inhibitions. Aggression turns into physical acts, to direct violence. There is a social awareness of this topic in Finland. The issue is recognized, and it is considered to be a severe social problem. But the discussion has mainly literal dimensions; it appears in news headlines, and it is discussed in seminars.
In the book Battered the Finnish Photographer Harri Pälviranta shows the real faces of street violence in Finland. In contrast to the stereotypic portrayals of male heroics and the worn-out attempts at shocking people, Pälviranta deals with the utmost banality inherent in violence. Publisher’s Info
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About The Artist
Harri Pälviranta is a Finnish photographic artist and researcher. At the core of Pälviranta’s artistic curiosity are issues relating to violence and masculinity, and in his works he often bridges these two themes. His research interests revolve around issues of violence, documentary, image ethics and the reception of artworks.
His works have been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in 30 different countries worldwide. He holds a Doctorate of Art in Photography from the Aalto University of Arts, Design and Architecture in Helsinki (2012), an MA in Media Studies from the University of Turku (2005) and a BA in photography from the Turku Arts Academy (2000).