The Price of Our Liberty: Athens Photo Festival 2020

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Abstract

The death toll of soldiers totalled 26,662 during the war between Finland and the Soviet Union in 1939-1940, later known as the Winter War. A book entitled The Price of Our Liberty was published after the war in 1941, with a few column centimetres reserved for the picture and details of each deceased war hero. Today, over 75 years later, the book can still be found on the shelves of many Finnish homes.
The book paints a unified picture of Finland that redeemed its freedom through a blood offering. Making a point of honouring victims was a way to bolster a certain Finnish identity. Even today, the Winter War continues to hold a special place in political discourse in Finland.
I have scanned all the main characters (26,662) in the book. The installation consists of 100 portraits which altogether contain all the dead soldiers. Each portrait is be made up of 68–415 overlaid head shots.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAthens
Publication statusPublished - 2020
MoE publication typeF2 Public partial realisation of a work of art
EventAthens Photo Festival: The Price of Our Liberty - Athens, Greece
Duration: 17 Sep 202015 Nov 2020
https://www.photofestival.gr/exhibitions/harri-palviranta

Field of art

  • Contemporary art

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