The Heroine’s Journey of Antonella Palladino

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

I love my work, in particular visiting numerous places, meeting artists, broadening my horizons in order to write my articles trying to always grasp the unusual, hidden, original aspects of an artist’s production.

What is my idea of happiness?

Happiness is when you feel free to live life to the fullest, getting in tune with World, Nature, Universe. But this rarely happens, so happiness is nothing more than a collection of moments.

What is my greatest fear?

I am afraid that people will forget history. A possible cultural involution terrifies me.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

The shyness that has always accompanied me, but It also makes me original

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?

All my “Masters” in the Italian art system and, in particular, people I met when I was in Naples

What is my greatest extravagance?

I often change homes and cities from the North to the South of Italy

On what occasion would I lie?

In case my freedom was threatened

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

To Respect some constraints in the drafting of the articles, for example the length, I almost always transgress!

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

On the occasion of the interview with Edoardo Tresoldi, a young and promising artist. He’s able to express the charm of the passage of time through a close dialogue between nature and architecture. I was at Arte Sella in Trentino Alto Adige for the inauguration of Simbiosi, a sculpture in wire mesh and local stone, which evokes the romantic concept of ruin.

If I could, what would I change about myself?

I would like to be a little less reflexive and act more instinctively. Sometimes I think too much!

What is my greatest achievement in work?

I am still in the full phase of research, but I can mention some important interviews, such as the one with Filippo Tattoni-Marcozzi on the occasion of the death of George Michael, another with the artist Santiago Cucullu, and the other one with the art historian Ferdinando Bologna, who was also my professor at University. Very important for me are also the exhibitions that I curated from North to South Italy making known the work of Gianluca Capozzi, Harry Thaler and Hannes Egger.

Where would I most like to live?

I’d like to live for some periods of the year in Germany, in Cologne, a city to which I am particularly attached

What is my most treasured possession?

The house designed by my father

What is my most marked characteristic?

Generosity, especially towards artists and the world of art in general

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

I have changed many cities, I am inspired by alpine panoramas and landscapes. I love taking houses in the mountains

What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city?

In my hometown, a historic Café in front of a monument for which my great-great-grandfather posed

What books influenced my life and how?

Dostoevsky’s The Idiot, Stendhal’s The Red and the Black and all of Zola’s novels. Above all, Dostoevsky led me to a profound reading of the human soul. I love the classics in literature!

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

Don Quixote, a visionary like me!

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

Right now, my friend who is in Beirut as a Diplomat at the Italian Embassy

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?

Jules and Jim by Francois Truffaut, I love the character played by Jeanne Moreau and I have always been fascinated by filmmakers of the Nouvelle Vague

What role plays art in my life and work?

Art is (almost) everything in my life

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me?

A nice feeling of freedom: discover the importance of choosing the point of view, with the awareness that there would be countless others …

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

Thinking about the different people who believed in me, they all have in one way or another to deal with a city, a forge of energy and creativity: Naples

Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2020? 

I really believe in lucky encounters!

Which people in my profession who can make a real difference in my creative career would i love to meet in 2020? 

Great, great artists and designers : Yoko Ono, Cindy Sherman, Maurizio Cattelan, Vanessa Beecroft, Matthew Barney and Patricia Urquiola, Fabio Novembre, Michele De Lucchi

What project, in 2020, am I looking forward to work on?

A new project concerning design!

Where can you see me or my work in 2020?

You can find my work on Artribune, Juliet Art Magazine, Instagram

What do the wordsPassion Never Retiresmean to me?

Passion is the very soul of life. It can change shape over time, but if it is authentic, it doesn’t disappear. It has the power to overcome the limits imposed by reason.

Which creative professionals should Peter invite to tell their story for the heroine’s journey or hero’s journey project? 

Angela da Silva, owner of Swing Design Gallery

How can you contact me?

Via Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin or you can send an email to

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