Mara Palena (b. 1988) works and lives in Milan. Her aesthetic is strongly influenced by her training in the fashion industry, where she worked for the most influential fashion stylists.
She works mainly with installations, videos, images often combined in the same body of work. Her films celebrate the collaboration between writers, poets and actors exploring identity in our contemporary society. Combining all her expertise in visual arts, fashion and dance her films are planned with specific conceptual aims. Her work has been exhibited in several collective exhibitions, her first solo show was hosted by Twenty14 in 2016. Her work has been selected and exhibited during LA Photomonth 2017 and Lucie Foundation Los Angeles. She had her solo exhibition Oikeiôsis, A Study Of Introspection, curated by Twenty14 and patroned by Casa D’aste Pananti at Pananti Atelier in 2020 in Milan. Co-founder of FIORIARTIFICIALI and EXT. ANGST.

Oikeiôsis featured on Der Greif Issue 14, Yes To All, guest-edited by Sylvie Fleury, 2021

“Fermasi Umani is a winner at Vesuvius International Film Fest,  SemiFinalist of the month (August 2021) at Boden International Film festival, is also part of the official selection at the Pompei Street Festival 2021. “I Chose To Get Involved” from the series Oikeiôsis is finalist at Premio Combat Prize in the Video Category, finalist at Etherea Art Prize and Miraban Art Showcase in London in 2021. “A Study On Behaviour, In Isolation” received the honourable mention from Athens International Monthly Art Film Festival and Hollywood International Golden Age Festival,Nominee at BIMIFF – Brazil International Monthly Independent Film Festival, and semifinalist at Alternative Film Festival and Venice Shorts Film Festival, USA. “A Study On Behaviour, Sequences Of Performangst” is now an award winner at December 2019 Independent Shorts Awards, in Los Angeles and Cinema of the world in Mumbai as best experimental work, best director and best actress. It is finalist of the New York Cinematography AWARDS, Indie Short Fest and Feel The Reel International Film Festival. It is semi-finalist at Los Angeles Cinematography Awards in Los Angeles, Best Writer category at the Spring 2020 Edition of the Alternative Film Festival and part of the official selection of Košice International Monthly Film Festival and Official Selection of the 2020 London International Motion Picture Awards (L.I.M.P.A).  “A Study On Behaviour, Sequences Of An Ordinary Day” is finalist in the Luis Bunuel category at the BLOW-UP International Arthouse Film Fest in Chicago and part of the official selection of Indie Visions Film Festival.  “My answer is a lie, the truest lie of all” is part of the official selection of Aesthetica short film festival in York, UK. “Everything that happened, happened before” and “Dialogo, serie di racconti privati” has been screened during Fashion Film Festival Milano 2018 and 2019. “Oikeiôsis” has been selected by Alessia Glaviano for Guest-Room on Der Greif in 2019, by Tim Clark for Guest-Room on Der Greif in 2018 and by Sylvie Fleury on Der Greif Issue 14 in 2021. “The floating Piers” has been selected and screened during MOPLA, LA Photomonth and Lucie Foundation Los Angeles in 2017.