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.”
I saw an initial try-out tonight which took around 70 minutes and did not get even halfway through the story, which involves his somewhat colorful life.
From what I heard tonight and during a post-show chat at the Grouchy Club, I reckon his story might take about four hours or longer to tell – if heavily edited.
It will be interesting to see how this fits into a 55-minute Edinburgh Fringe slot. The briefest of headings would include:
him as a child in Italy (watching porn on TV in the back garden)
attempts to be a Roman teenage gigolo
crime and the drug trade
modelling and becoming a male stripper
porn movie experiences
encounters with ‘proper’ movie people including stories of Cinecittà, famous actors and spaghetti western people
Joe says: “The show at this stage is mainly for a male audience, however open minded women or girls are welcome.”
I told him I thought Edinburgh audiences might crucify him atop Arthur’s Seat for sexism.
But, if his Mémoires of an Italian Stallion show does make the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016, it will surely be an interesting ride.
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.
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 toa a stirpper
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.
-self-production and assistant DIRECTING of short films and documentaries and TV fiction:
“La luna di roma“(fiction, TV)
Assistant Director and Executive Producer of one of the most innovative fiction TV series in Italy which was produced with a very low budget,
He was also one of the main actor in the serie, his experiences help out
In all aspects of this new wave story.
“The Headliners” (fashion program TV)
Free-lance Assistant producer in a very inexperienced team who need to be helped in all aspects of the production, DOP, scenario etc.
-self-production and DIRECTING of short films and documentaries and TV fiction:
“Clonazione” drama, “Un Sogno Rubato” drama,
“Mercanti di Sogni” fiction,”Common Sense” fiction”Motorway”fiction
,”L’Assenza del Padre” documentary , “Il Volo” documentary,” Lager Song “Viral video
Self production and directing Theatre play “Images Perdues” Drama/Noir in Paris,FR
-Cinema performances as actor
–Sogni…(drama)by M.de Pasquale, a young man in crisis
–Il mistero del panino assasin(comedy)G.Soldi,an aggressive guy
–Teste rasate Nazi Skin(drama)by C.Fragasso a Nazi skin in action
–Se’non avessi l’amore(drama)by L.Castellani a fascist during the II WW
-L hombre y Ramon(drama)By F.Plazo a young Boss in crisis
-Remsleff(drama)by Djib Diallo in the part of an angry chef
“Mr.Big” written by Woody Allen, directed by Diana Kavanklinska,
in the parts: Boss Chicago, Bodyguard, waiter
TV experiences as actor
–Il Commissario Corso (telefilms Italy)in the part of a cop in action
–Comedy Show(candy camera uk )a walker in discussion with a cop
–Short Test(candy camera uk)of a person involved with a thief
–La luna di roma(fiction TV)a security man in the nights life of Rome
-Educations & Qualifications
-1990 Acrobatic Stunt School of Rome(OAC)
-1990 ENPALS(Italian Equity)qualification as stunt-actor
-1993/4 De Paolis Institute Rome and TOR MILLINA INSTITUTE training act and mimic
-1999-01 City of Westminster course as video TV producer
knowledge and use camcorder, camera slr basic edit skills
-2002-03 city of Westminster IELTS English Language
-2004 West-king College photography courses
-2004 July -Nov 04 NCFE certificate in new media design Adobe Photo Shop courses, Illustrator, indesign, internet use etc.
“14 to 16 October 2011 LONDON: ITALIAN, contemporary” LONDRA: ITALIANI, ritratti contemporanei” portraits”Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre, Holborn Library, and the Mazzini-Garibaldi Club, the history of Italian immigration to London in the last two centuries. 39 Belgrave Square London SW1X 8NX (Italian Cultural Institute)
-November 23, December 5, 2009 Into the Silence”
23 Russia Row- St. Paul London EC2V 7PG
-27 Giugno ’09 Asta a favore delle popolazioni colpite dal sisma in Abruzzo, con opere donate dagli Artisti. Auletta (SA) – Complesso Monumentale Jesus
-22-29 November 2008 WhyArts 155 battersea Rd Pk London SW8
-26 October 20 May 2007 Galleria Jeannine 33 Rue du Surmelin Paris Cedex 20 France
-29 Dec ’06 20 Jan ’07 Gallery Cassiopea Via Basento 24 (Parioli) Roma Italy
-2nd October ’06 to 1 April 07″GALERIE CORENTIN-CELTON”
4, parvis Corentin-Celton / 92130 Paris (art director:Luc Pays)
– 24 Nov al 20 Dec. 2006 Galleria Cosmo Arte P.zza R.Romei 4 Caprarola (vt) Italy
-10 March 06-20 April 06 Gallery 20 Via celestino IV,Milan-Italy
-25-27 Jan.06 Personal Photography Exhibition “ALIVE”
at Heaven Club Rome VIA DELLE MURE ARDEATINE 119 ROME 00153 ITALY
-2-5 December 04 Personal Exhibition “Scatti” at Palace Margutta Via Margutta 55 Rome 00187 tel:+393484929415 art director Eva Czekl
-I have been selected as photographer for Wandsworth in View 04 here the following Galleries:(info:email@example.com)
-1st April to 22 2004-Battersea PK.Gallery- 309 Battersea PK RD -London SW11
-23 April 24 May 2004 Earsfield Gallery 276 Magdalen RD London Sw18
-25th May June28th 2004 Wandsworth Museum 11 Garratt Lane London SW17
-28th June – 30th July2004 Putney Library Disraeli RD London SW15
-2nd -27th August 2004 Restaurant Gallery St.George’Hospital London SW17
-30th August 26th September 2004 York Garden Gallery & Library 34 Lavender RD SW11
-6th DEC. 25th DEC.- Southfield Library 300 Wimbledon PK.London SW19
Maybe he needs to start playing dirty – like Joe Palermo once did. Joe, a bulky, stubbly Italian, used to be an anti-fascist spy – or so he says. He recalls infiltrating far right circles when he was a young Communist in Italy because he and his comrades needed to know if they were going to be attacked on marches.
“My family were quite right-wing, so it was easy for me to pretend to be a fascist,” says the 47-year-old. “So I joined undercover. But my disguise was blown when they saw me on a march carrying a red Communist flag.”
He was attacked, he says. Was he hurt? “No! I beat them up big time.” He demonstrates a spy-like defence move which involves sharply twisting an assailant’s wrist. “You don’t need to be strong, you know what I mean? I wouldn’t be able to do that now. But back then I was an Italian 4×100 metres champion.”