Objects in the Mirror are Closer Than They Appear
Fabio PaleariFri 28 Jan 2005 - Sun 06 Mar 2005
A retrospective of Fabio Paleari's life as a photographer, documentary film maker and poet over a period of 30 years. Paleari's archive was stolen while he was in the process of moving studios. What remains of it was pinned to the walls as a montage and encompassed his life's work, through his travels in Australia, Spain, Italy, Great Britain, Turkey, Morocco and Portugal among others.
A retrospective of Fabio Paleari's life as a photographer, documentary film maker and poet over a period of 30 years. Paleari's archive was stolen while he was in the process of moving studios. What remains of it was pinned to the walls as a montage and encompassed his life's work, through his travels in Australia, Spain, Italy, Great Britain, Turkey, Morocco and Portugal among others.

In his pictures one can sense Paleari's intuitive flair for capturing the strong emotions prevalent in the subjects he chooses to photograph and consequently his work can be placed in the difficult space between documentary and art photography. Paleari practises his art with a tough and focused view. He follows his projects for years on end, through all asperity, and rather than possessing them, he himself becomes possessed by them.



At the root of his work lies an incessant urge for artistic wandering and an inexhaustible pursuit of truth through the mediums of photography, film and poetry. Far from being a polite and detached private diary, his art is a living and pulsing unresolved maze, an open road in all its brutality, symbolised by his rough and emotional poetry. It is as if his every photograph were a new beginning, an artistic exorcism of life's finality.



The exhibition included work from Paleari's book The Leu Family's Family Iron (published by Trolley), and one of the last ever interviews with the Beat poet Allen Ginsberg.
Artworks will be added shortly