And no one else | Paola Bernardelli | WILD TULIPS #1

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The book And no one else accompanied an exhibition by Paola Bernardelli and featured a text commissioned from Dorothy Hunter that orbited Paola’s photographs. The exhibition was in October 2021 at WILD TULIPS in Derry.

The book presents images from Paola Bernardelli and a commissioned text from Dorothy Hunter. The book was designed by Paola Bernardelli. The book is square, 15 x 15 cm, flush mount album, paper cover, matt velvet print, with 36 pages.

A fascination with the idea of compulsive quests for solitude, that has always informed her work, was amplified during a series of lockdowns due to the COVID 19 pandemic. During this time, the subject matter of Richard E. Byrd’s memoirs, Alone, became entwined with the predicament of isolation experienced on a global scale. In 1934 Byrd set out on his second polar expedition, spending six months alone in the bitterly cold Antarctic winter. Isolated in the pervasive polar night, soon Byrd began suffering inexplicable symptoms of mental and physical illness, intertwined with moments of clumsy enlightenment. On a foggy and frosty December morning, during the second national lockdown, Paola took her camera and ventured out into the enveloping hazy dawn, finally resolving a self-imposed experiential rerouting set in motion several years earlier in the Icelandic glacial barrenness. rerouting set in motion several years earlier in the Icelandic glacial barrenness.

38pp. | 150 x 150 mm

Paola Bernardelli is an Italian lens-based artist living in Derry. Bernardelli’s most recent work Things We Know In The Night And Cannot Name In The Morning can been seen at Verbal, Derry (September – October 2021) Recent solo exhibitions include Who is Balbo? Down with Balbo!, Hàskòlatorg, Reykjavìk, 2018;  More Men Than Columbus, Verbal, Derry, 2016;  Lay Devotions And Flawed Recollections, LICA, Winnipeg, 2016. Recent group exhibitions include #1, Wild Tulips, Derry, 2019;  The Colder The Air, SÍM Gallery, Reykjavìk, 2017;  Future Artist Maker, The Exhibition, Nerve Visual Gallery, Derry and  UltraLab, Madrid, 2016; Tomorrow’s Almost Over, Void Derry, 2013.

Text commissioned from Dorothy Hunter to accompany the exhibition"