Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Union of Artist Photographers Finland
Harri Pälviranta (born 1971) is a Finnish photographic artist and a researcher. His major artistic interests are in societal topics, mainly in issues relating to violence and masculinity. Theoretically much of his work falls into practice that can be categorized as documentary. However, in Pälviranta’s use documentary does not only refer to classical documentaries that are based on 'authenticity' or 'indexicality', his work rather activates critical practices within documentary discourse. Along this line of thought, as a form of expression documentary relates to concepts such as constructed verisimilitude and dramatized or narrated real.
In relations to this, Pälviranta understands photography as a medium that provokes ethical reactions and ponderings. For Pälviranta photographic art is a medium that has unique possibilities in taking part to the critical discussions in contemporary society.
His works has been exhibited in several solo and group exhibitions internationally, in 20 countries from Finland to China, the USA to Singapore. Along his artistic work, he has been curating several large scale museum exhibitions in Finland and in Albania. He has done residencies in Albania, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Sweden. He has Doctor of Art degree from the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Helsinki, Finland (2012), MA in Media Studies from the University of Turku (2005) and BA in photography from the Turku Arts Academy (2000). He lectures and teaches frequently in Finnish art universities and whenever possible, happily hosts an artist’s talk or delivers a lecture while travelling.
Some young people in the suburbs of Finland like to go out, get drunk, and fight.documents these scenes like a modern-day Weegee.