….An ignorant nobody artist as hero….

About Joe Palermo

The apparent collage of works that Joe Palermo shows is well defined style not only in the work itself, but in the cut of its works that are photos or digital paintings
There is always a light motive which shows the originality of his point of view.

The story teller explains with words a story that Joe Palermo does with pictures. which ranges from something factual to fantasy the status of a society

The solidity of his images is the fruit of his experiences in his life. This is rich and different then that of any other human being.

This ‘collage’ of experiences has also a strong personality and identity in his out standing work, which has nothing to do with education or a formal academic doctrine.

The originality of his digital work or photos reflects the complexity of an art
too often confused with classism of an art society iced up in rules and obsolete conventions.

The language he uses is common but also implicit of the event which torments
his young and intensive life, where even death is part of his life and knowledge.

If we want classify Joe Palermo the instinct it is primary art.

Mario Bologna 30/12/1998

Veni, Vidi, Vici

pulcino dead best


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Joe Palermo was born in Rome in 1971 into a traditional working class family, with his parents working in their market stalls business.

During his teenage years he loved playing piano, was always an active member of the students union and he excelled in all kinds of sports. Particular
His early retirement due to a muscular injury, caused him a profound personal crisis. During this difficult time with no one to turn to for help or advice he had a brief spell into criminal life.* as one aspiring  gang member in what it was the worse experiences of his life.

But his encounter with pop artists such as ”Tano Festa”, Mario Schifano and Uta, was a turning point and probably save his life from crime or worse. It was during this time that he started being interested in visual art, media and cinema.
The early 90s became were a very busy and artistically productive period for him. Thanks to his athletic background he first qualified as a Stuntman with the O.A.C of R.Alessandri. He then studied drama and mime at De Paolis Institute in Rome.
He then went on to work as a radio speaker for one of the most important radio station at the time Tir-radio.
During those years he collected a range of different experiences ranging from few caracther roles to a stripper
Becaming famous under the name of mister Habana with a historical interview by Raul Passeretti.
His most important artistic experience 1995 he founded and co-directed the Italian magazine Imaging (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2737126 ) where he also worked as a photographer.

His knowledge of the fashion and film industry brought him to direct and produce a short film (Mercanti di sogni/Dreams dealers) about the underworld of film-fashion agencies. Despite receiving initial negative reviews at few film festivals, it then became appreciated after few years as a picture of the scam that hundreds of agencies do on young hopeful artists and became regularly shown on different Italian TV networks.
The end of the 90s marked another phase of personal and artistic crisis for Joe Palermo unable to find either artistic or ordinary work, he decided to move to London in 1999.
The beginnings were hard for Joe, and he struggled to find a decent job. He found a job as a cleaner but soon other difficulties enter in his life as depression due to poverty and not real help by anybody as often happening to people go in a new country without help he ended on the streets of London and life was not political correct as many people try to said,  he actually was helped to survive by ‘ordinary homeless‘ who later die by the name John.
Despite this difficulties Joe enrolled in a course in Video TV digital photo production at the City of Westminster College where he obtained a diploma in 2001 but he did only to get into the film industry in UK but in reality the film industry in UK it is full of ego intellectual and useless producers waiting for some USA or foreign producers to invest in a cinema sector which is basically SHIT! naturally there are talented directors and actors but has happened in Italy and now slowly in France the good* never will be through as a ”filter” of  so call professionals are the one in reality killed the industry for their own ego and interest($£). Although still unable to find a job in the media production, Joe kept on working and experimenting in different forms of photography and digital art.
His work started soon to be noticed and so his first personal exhibition at Gallery 9 in the famous Via Margutta in the epicenter of what used to be the ‘nouvelle vogue’ of the Italian modern art!
Then came few other personal exhibitions in Rome and other collective in Milan and Paris. In 2004 he was selected as official photographer for Wandsworth in View 04 and exhibited in several gallery .
he won few award as best parody video in 2011 at VOMERO FILM FESTIVAL and the band were he singed for few songs got TOP 1! in the indie music video chart for 3 weeks with the video and song he directed and co- written and sing.

 life and dead of an artist – uno di noi racconta la sua storia


ENG (1) Mr Palermo helped take the woman inside the pub and sat her down, where horrified staff tried to bandage her wounds with a first aid kit. http://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/london-terror-attack-witness-armed-himself-with-extinguisher-and-kitchen-knife-as-he-took-refuge-in-a3556556.html they forgot a couple of bits …..

ENG (2)    NOBODY has anything remotely as cool as Joe’s. https://mumblewords.net/2016/08/22/memoirs-of-an-italian-stallion

ENG (3) a short review from John Fleming https://thejohnfleming.wordpress.com/2015/11/19/comedy-and-variety-in-bethnal-green-crime-stripping-and-porn-films-in-rome/#comment-18426

In the meantime, people are preparing potential Edinburgh Fringe shows for next year.
One of the most interesting could be Joe Palermo’s
”Mémoirs of an Italian Stallion.”

-ITA (4) Joe Palermo exhibition in Rome,      

Via Margutta the historical street of art in Rome Italy where the most important italians Artist  had exposed their works,Joe Palermo show his works in Palazzo Margutta one of the most historical place in the street of artists…. www.wix.com/joepalermonoir/uk  https://italolondoners.wordpress.com

-ITA(5) “Tra Roma, Parigi e Londra, ho scelto il Regno Unito” by JULI PISCEDDA http://ilnuovo.me/2014/07/01/quilondra-tra-roma-parigi-e-londra-ho-scelto-il-regno-unito/

-(6)Marx in the time of Capital https://www.storydrome.com/single-post/2017/03/23/Marx-in-the-time-of-Capital-2

(7)Nearby, Joe Palermo was getting some fresh air outside The Mudlark Pub when a woman staggered towards him, bleeding from the neck. “I invited her into the bar because I could see all these people running around,” the bouncer says. “Working in security, I realised something was happening. I tried to give her first aid until a paramedic came up and she took over.” He went to try to get help.  http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/the-heroes-of-the-london-bridge-attack-a3559881.html

ENG (8) Here’s Joe Palermo  contribution for this documentary on Italian Migration in London! Produced by Silvia Lozza Video Productions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IXu2SvlcxA&feature=youtu.be&app=desktop

ITA (9) ‘‘il volo degl’italiani”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jf1HNvcQEo4

ITA  (10)”Londra, il racconto di un…..” http://www.ilmessaggero.it/primopiano/esteri/londra_joe_palermo_buttafuori-2486546.html



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