Naturalia and Mirabilia fill up a Wunderkammer: a chaotic accumulation of treasures that can provide order to the relationship between arts, science and nature. These treasures are collected and showcased to glorify the cultural sensibility of the Renaissance period. The interest in such collections originated in XVI century and has carried on until today by means of modern Cabinet d’amateur, a testimony to the extraordinary coexistence of human artifacts and the creativity of nature.
Inspired by the amazing tradition of author’s collections, Rori Palazzo’s photographs themselves become a Wunderkammer, through the technique of multiple exposures on films. In these pictures, memories of objects, works, places, mobilia come together, as if, by a series of uncontrollable visual flashes, in a mnemonic chaos, they simultaneously presented themselves as an ordered composition. Evocations and transparencies are the leading motifs of Palazzo’s photography; be it a dream creating a narration in the picture, or the pursuit of beauty through accumulation, the sign of the vision is the one of a ghostly world where unconscious emerges and connects with reality. In the thesauri rooms, the viewer meets the eyes of women in paintings, half-hidden by globes or by lamps. And books, mirrors, watches, precious vases, silver chandeliers. Photography itself restores the immanent beauty of these rooms, that are explicit projections of the collector’s soul, revealing at once its horror vacui and loneliness.
Rori Palazzo (Palermo, 1977) graduated at Accademia di Belle Arti e Restauro Abadir di San Martino delle Scale, with a specialization in restoration of paper materials. She has always focused on photography as an expressive language, experimenting different analog techniques to create dreamlike images. Currently she works as a graphic designer and photographer. From analog to digital, her gaze became more focused on what is under people and objects, depicting possible plots, but not necessarily real ones.
Rori Palazzo participated to a number of contemporary art prizes. In 2012 she won the contest Centro/Periferia organized by Federculture, Rome. In 2013 she participated to “Arte Laguna Prize” where she won the Special Prize Art Gallery at “Galleria PrimoPiano” in Naples; in that same year she won BNL Paribas Photo Contest, and she participated to the exhibition “The Sea is My Land, Artists from the Mediterranean” curated by Francesco Bonami and Emanuela Mazzonis at Maxxi Museum in Rome. Her work has been exhibited at MIA Photo Fair in Milan, at Kunst im Hafen in Düsseldorf, at Triennale in Milan, at Cantieri Culturali alla Zisa in Palermo e at Maxxi Museum in Roma.