Schools Attended:Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Photo Associations & Memberships:Union of Artist Photographers Finland
Harri Pälviranta (born 1971, Finland) is a photographic artist, filmmaker and researcher. He holds a Doctor of Arts degree in photography from the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Helsinki (2012), MA in Media Studies from the University of Turku (2005) and BA in photography from the Turku Arts Academy (2000). His works has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally, the latest group shows including MAC International at Metropolitan Arts Center in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and POTRETTI at Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, Germany and solo shows at Gallery H2O in Barcelona, Spain, CFF gallery in Stockholm, Sweden and Tampere Art Museum in Finland, all in 2014. To name some achievements from the past, in 2007 he won the PhotoEspana Descubrimientos award, and the years 2014 to 2015 he is working with artist grant from the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.
At the core of Pälviranta’s artistic curiosity are issues relating to violence and masculinity, and often in his works he bridges these two themes. What is noteworthy is that he understands both of these concepts through their wide definitions. Like Slavoj Žižek, Pälviranta sees violence as a diverse practice: it can be seen as subjective and objective, and it can take both symbolic and systemic forms. Connected to this, his comprehension of masculinity is also layered: masculinity can be seen as culturally encoded and performed and renewed in commonplace practices. These points of departure mean that violence and masculinity alike can be observed and studied as both concrete and structural phenomena, and from analytical and/or subjective perspectives.
Theoretically much of his work falls into practice that can be categorized as documentary. However, in Pälviranta’s use documentary does not really refer to classical documentaries, his work rather activates critical practices within documentary discourse.
Some young people in the suburbs of Finland like to go out, get drunk, and fight.documents these scenes like a modern-day Weegee.