Mara Palena (1988) lives and works in Milan. Her research focuses on themes such as memory, remembrance and identity. Using photography, video and sound, her work aims to involve the viewer in sensory experiences. Using and reworking archival material, she seeks a link between personal and collective, between introspection and connection. Her work, represented by Twenty14, has been exhibited in various international festivals, spaces and galleries. Between 2021 and 2022 she arrived finalist at Etherea Art Prize, Combat Prize, We Art Open, Premio Fabbri and Arte Laguna Prize. Her work is reported in Exibart’s publication 222 emerging artists to invest in 2021. In 2022 she was nominated by Giangavino Pazzola and Camera Torino for FUTURES Photography. Oikeiôsis won the Surprize 2022 prize by Sprint and Fondazione Marcelo Burlon with Witty Books for the upcoming pubblication.
The images belongs to a work curated by Susanna Baumgartner for De Pietri Artphilein Foundation for the exhibition “E TRALLERALLERA” in 2022.
The images belong to a series inspired by James Joyce's closing monologue of Ulysses. The artist creates an audio-visual work in which the words of the monologue resonate through musical notes and images from her own archive and AI generated images and sound.