Harri Pälviranta

Finland
www.harripalviranta.com

Harri Pälviranta (1971, Finland) is an artist using photography and a researcher. He holds a Doctor of Art degree in photography from the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Helsinki (2012). His works has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally, the latest group shows including House der Photographie, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany and National Museum of Arts and Crafts, Zagreb, Croatia and solo shows at Gallery H2O in Barcelona, Spain and Tampere Art Museum in Finland. In 2007 he won the PhotoEspana Descubrimientos award, and the years 2017-2019 he is working with artist grant from the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

Choreography of Violence

For the last twenty years, I have occasionally purchased historical news photographs depicting actual acts of violence. This collection of odd and haunting press photographs now consists of some 120 pictures. I have analyzed the photos and based on this analysis, I created a body of work that touches issues of corporeal pain.

Part one consists some of the photos from my collection. Next to these, I make new works that focus on the generic poses of the victims that were found in the analysis. I am cutting out the violated bodies and turn them into new pictures. Thirdly, I recreate and stage scenes with actors. These scenes are based on the photographs in my collection.

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Choreography of Violence

Maryland, 1952

Choreography of Violence

Trieste, 1946

Choreography of Violence

Fllint, 1950

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Victim, Brussels, 1950

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Victim, Paris, 1969

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Victim, Maryland, 1970

Choreography of Violence

Victim, New york, 1965

Choreography of Violence

Victim, New York, 1966

Choreography of Violence

Victim, Argentina, 1955

Choreography of Violence

Birmingham, Alabama 1962

Choreography of Violence

Haymarket Square, Chicago 1969

Choreography of Violence

Brooklyn, New York 1964

Choreography of Violence

Waukegan, Illinois 1966
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