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Éditorial pour WÛL magazine

Interview by

Nastasia Khmelnitski

 

Featuring Marianna Di Palma, aka Whilemann

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“In LUNATICA, my body becomes a bearer of symbols, clothes - a unifying accessory, and nature - the extension of my personality.” - Marianna Di Palma explains her approach to working on self-portraiture in this project. The strong presence of the character whose exploration of the self exposes different identities ranging from a personality drawn to the world of fashion to the one immersed in nature. The complex parallel presented between the self and nature highlights the idea of the ultimate loneliness. With Black & White imagery, the feeling of detachment from society and the intrinsic connection to the environment is strengthened."
 

‘Self-portrait is comparable to an artistic performance, in which the artist becomes the author, subject, and spectator.’

How do you think self-portraits affect the artist’s self-identification and realization? 

This work is not just an affirmation of my identity, but a corporeal vision, which is expressed through fashion and nature. I think that self-portrait is comparable to an artistic performance, in which the artist becomes the author, subject, and spectator.

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‘It is a photographic research that focuses on the individual/body issue that at the same time assumes the dual role
of subject and object.’

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My aesthetic vision is very simple: black and white captures attention only on emotion, it reduces everything to the essential, and it is in this aesthetic synthesis that I find myself.’

In the story, you successfully merge nature, fashion, and self-portraiture, connecting the images through black and white. Fashion offers aesthetic and restrained emotions; nature comes as a connecting element that emphasizes a more vibrant emotional background; while self-portraits offer a hint about a real self. What are the different forms of the self, the personality types you present in the series? 

I have always thought that every individual has a personal concept of beauty. The human body is an extension of nature, and fashion can add pathos to this union. My aesthetic vision is very simple: black and white captures attention only on emotion, it reduces everything to the essential, and it is in this aesthetic synthesis that I find myself. In LUNATICA, my body becomes a bearer of symbols, clothes - a unifying accessory, and nature - the extension of my personality.