The work of PP Hartnett can be described as a creative tumult, a powerful clash of the desirable and the unacceptable, ultimately a fertile ground for revolt and the sort of truth-telling that destabilises normalcy and the arid routines of the mind. Photographer and musician, novelist, poet, and short-story writer, Hartnett embraces the endless possibilities of each genre, often arriving at a place of collision between them.
Elena Stanciu PETRIe
Hartnett's utterly uncompromising, urgent, honest work has a deep interest in the shadows of the other's gaze. The endless flickering light of the Internet throws contrast and unflinching illumination. It's never clear if this is fantasy, confession or observation, but Hartnett's sharp-edged voice won't let you down. Presented with understated elegance, this is a superb and unexpected treat.
Eric Page G Scene
Whether trailblazing his way as an originator through his penetrating and razor-sharp spoken word and writing or in the world of street style and clubkid photography, Hartnett's visionary finesse guides us through the murky waters of life with caustic wit and impeccable flair.
Dave O'Coy Fused Magazine
Peter Paul Hartnett's date of birth, time of death conjures memory, transgression, emotion and the defiance of living, in spare, raw phrases. Heavy with desire, the work is erotic, compulsive and dangerous. Tiny acts of contrition, elegiac, alluring moments of immolation. A reader might not empathize with Hartnett's world, who is groomed then coerced to experience a range of mindsets.
Director and writer Robert Chevara
PP Hartnett's writing lies somewhere between a passionate, fleeting embrace and an autopsy. There is an intricately balanced rawness and grace to the lines of his poems, which - due to the skill of their writer - are at once seductive, disturbing and strangely reassuring. Hartnett's work contains a direct honesty that cuts deeply and carves out results that stun with their dark beauty.
Thomas Moore Skeleton Costumes and In Their Arms
The halting rhythms within date of birth, time of death by PP Hartnett establish a fluency that becomes powerful, especially if one imagines the work being read out loud. Hartnett's themes are sex and death and they bring their own kinetic impetus.
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PP Hartnett, reading from date of birth, time of death
Tokyo, October 2016
Photo by Nomura Ito
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