Harri Pälviranta

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.

Battered is a project first exhibited in December 2007, and since then pictures from the series have been appeared in tens of exhibitions around the world. Even though vastly exhibited, Battered has never been available as a book. This situation is now corrected.

Perfect bound hard cover with a tipped in photograph
64 pages
32 photographs
Offset printing
29,5 x 29 cm

First edition of 300 copies [sold out]
ISBN 978-91-987606-2-0

Second printing coming soon!


The book will be released in Paris at Polycopies book fair on the 10th of November at 5 PM. Pälviranta will be present to sign books and talk about the work.

Currently 15 pictures from the Battered series are exhibited in the National Museum of Contemporary Art MNAC in Lisbon as part of a bigger solo show by Harri Pälviranta.