Alessandra Puricelli Portfolio
Palms and other things


Brivio is an Italian town of 4.613 citizens, in the Province of Lecco (Lombardy).
In Brivio there are many palms, even though the palm tree is not a specific plant of the area. Since I was born in this town, for me it is absolutely ordinary to see palms in the many gardens, but they are weird for people that come to Brivio for the first time and many times friends visiting my hometown pointed out this oddity to me. Starting to do some research about the topic, since the beginning it was difficult to figure out why these trees are present on the territory and it is very hard to find references or sources about this these plants.
This book is a documentation of this particular condition in Brivio.

HGK Basel 
Individual Project / Kambiz Shafei
September 2018

Inspirational images from “Paradise is now: Palm Trees in Art” by Hatje Cantz
Alicja Kwade, Untitled, 2018

Ed Ruscha,  A  few palm trees, 1971

Gregor Hildebrandt, Campari auf tahiti, 2018

Bruno V. Roels, A palm tree is a palm tree is a palm tree, 2017

Facepalm, Emoji

Juliette Blightman,  All those, too, who are sustained by the alternatives hopes, 2006

Sarah Ortmeyer, koko, 2015

David Hockney, “Café” from Parade Triple Bill, 1979

Marcel Broodthaers, Un jardin d'hiver II, 2015

Palm Jumeirah, Dubai

Wolfgang Ploeger, Palms trees of Iraq #17, 2015

Joonas Kota, On holidays, 2015
Marcel Broodthaers,  La Séance. Racisme végétal, 1974