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Bodies and Minds
March 12, 2008 By Dariusz Pietrzak   
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Poznań in western Poland is hosting an exhibition of the work of Finnish photographer Jyrki Parantainen. The artist was born in 1962, lives and works in Helsinki and is renowned for his depiction of not only people but their minds too.

Parantainen typically introduces unreal elements into his photographs. For example, in his "Map of Expectations," he photographs three young ballet students who are intertwined in a maze of lines that depicts the directions that they must move in. The lines signify both the girls' expectations and the demands set before them.

Another photograph, "Connections," shows two faces, a man's and a woman's, side by side but with a multitude of lines between them. The viewer is under the impression that there are common, non-verbalized thoughts, feelings or longings between the man and the woman. Yet another photograph shows a worried man sitting on the edge of a bed but lines projecting from his back seem to keep him fixed in place without allowing him to move.

Parantainen depicts people in both body and mind. The latter he shows as lines likened to sun rays that are sometimes numbered or labeled. We do not know what the subjects are thinking or feeling but get the impression that they are somehow helpless physically and psychologically. The tight projecting lines always look like an aura emanating from the person. They depict the subject's soul, which is either trying to communicate with another or is deep in thought.

Parantainen graduated from the University of Art and Design in Helsinki, where, since 2006, he has been working as a Professor of Photography and is responsible for training new "Helsinki School" talent. Parantainen's work is to be found in many European photography collections.

The exhibition runs until March 27 in the pf photographic gallery in the Zamek Cultural Center, 80/82 ¦w. Marcin St., Poznań.
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