Maria Francesca Palmerio
Born in L’Aquila, graduated in art history in Florence, (city which I did not loved to madness as often happens). I moved to Los Angeles in 2012 and started to collaborate with a contemporary art gallery, so for the first time I started to work in the art world.
I collaborate with Italian and American artists, I write curatorial texts about their works and curate art show.
The first and true reason is being in a relationship. Moreover the extreme kindness of the people who daily I meet in every sphere makes me particularly joyful.
The first moment in Los Angeles (that was my first time in the United States), in particular the trip from LAX to Highland Park using public transportation. I felt at that time the vastness and changing nature of a city that is not easily definable. I was happy to not understand, to not recognize any idea of the city previously known!
If I could be photographed on a giant map of Los Angeles, I would have done it. The shooting happened in Union Station, coincidentally a perfect place: at the station begins the journey in a City. What I wanted to convey through the choice of the place was exactly the sense of discovery of Los Angeles. The outfit was comfortable because in Los Angeles I go around by bicycle.
The word of mouth that allows the creation of the project surprised me: the photographer arrived with a few appointments and each shot multiplies the chance of meetings. This process highlights the positive side of the Italian strong sense of family, even in a city where all Italians live scattered, where there is not a physical place that belongs to the community. Posing, shooting and chatting, through these three actions the project develops.
I assume to have a remarkably classic and “Italic” culture and education. Such roots allow me to find a point of arrival in the work I do, which connects two ways of perceiving art: the dynamic and brilliant American way and more reflective and thoughtful.