BATTERED

Harri Pälvirantas tough photographs present bloody and beaten young men, who after fighting willingly let themselves be photographed and with pride present their wounds. BATTERED is a documentary series focusing on people who have been subjected to physical violence in the public space.
Exhibition duration:
01-02-2008 - 02-03-2008
Medium:
Photography
Title:
BATTERED
Artist:
Harri Pälviranta
Split eyebrows, fractured skulls, broken noses and swollen lips. Faces, hands and clothes smeared in blood, and the pavement bearing blood red traces.
Harri Pälvirantas tough photographs present bloody and beaten young men, who after fighting willingly let themselves be photographed and almost with pride present their wounds as an expression of their masculinity. BATTERED is a documentary series with focus on people who have been subjected to physical violence in the public space.
The images concentrate on the physical marks that an assault leaves on the victim’s body. By accompanying the Finnish police at work in the city by night Harri Pälviranta photos capture the brawlers immediately after the violent fights have stopped.
With this series Harri Pälviranta wants to examine the masculine character and it’s tendency to violence. Drunks’ aggression and lack of inhibitions are often channelled into physical violence directed at others. Through his artist project he wishes to create a dialogue with his audience, as he believes that this type of behaviour has achieved an unfortunate form of accept – at least in certain areas of masculine culture. The successful brawler is seemingly both acclaimed and respected by the group he identifies with.

Harri Pälviranta (f. 1971) has a BA in photography, an MA in Mediascience from Turku Arts Academy and has studied political science and philosophy at Tampere University in Finland. He is currently working on a PhD. at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki. He has participated in numerous group shows and has had several solo exhibitions in Europe.
For his latest work BATTERED Harri Pälviranta won the PhotoEspana 2007 Descubrimientos Award, and the pictures will be exhibited in May as part of the exhibition PhotoEspana 2008.
Gallery Image is the first space outside of Finland to present BATTERED.

In connection with the exhibition Galleri Image has published a catalogue of BATTERED.

Opening: Friday the 1st of February at 4 - 6 pm. 
The exhibition will be officially opened by the director of The Finnish Institute in Denmark, Esa Alanne. Harri Pälviranta will be present at the opening.
Artist Talk: Saturday the 2nd of February at 2 pm.
The artist will explain how the exhibition came about, the stories behind the images and the problems he encountered along the way.

The exhibition has received support from The Århus Arts Council and The Finnish Institute in Denmark.
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