Photo by Ben Papove Gregory

Photo by Ben Papove Gregory

Neeko Paluzzi (b. 1988) is a Canadian artist and educator whose practice focuses on conceptual installation. His images blend the possibilities of traditional, analogue darkroom processes with contemporary photographic techniques, such as 3D scanning and printing. He is a graduate of the Photographic Arts and Production program at the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa (2017) and holds a Masters of Arts from the University of Ottawa (2013). He is a winner of the 2018 Project X, Photography Grant from the Ottawa Arts Council and has a featured exhibition at the Scotiabank CONTACT Festival in 2019. Paluzzi is an instructor at the School of Photographic Arts: Ottawa and the University of Ottawa.

  • Email: neeko (at) paluzzi.ca

  • Social-media: @neekopaluzzi

 
 

ARTIST STATEMENT

I am a photo-based artist whose practice focuses on conceptual installations that challenge the limitations of the photographic object. Although the foundation of my art practice is within the tradition of film and photographic chemistry, my work has merged the analogue darkroom with industrial techniques such as CNC etching and 3D printing. The objects themselves are fundamentally photographic, but are presented and experienced as sculptures.

Elements of my own experience are the inception for my photographic projects. However, these projects are not documentations or realistic depictions of my life; they are interpretations. Just as a child would, I use these interpretations and my imagination to confront, categorize, and conquer troubling aspects of my reality. These fictions, like children’s stories, have an inherent morality to them, one that is representative of the morality with which I approach the world.

Some of my projects are clearly self portraits, as I am the subject in front of the camera (UNTERWEGS, or the thoughts of a lonesome traveller (2017) and HOMUNCULUS, or the planets seen through my childhood window (2019). However, my tonal series, where I turn musical tones into photographic tones –– This place is a shelter (2018), The goldberg variations (2019), and Spiegel im spiegel (upcoming) –– are also self-portraits, even if my body is not present. These tonal series are visual interpretations of my mental state, as these pieces of music represent my internal feelings about myself.

As a member of the LGBTQ2S+ community, I have a complicated relationship with my own identity, as I lived for decades in shame and self-hate. My practice is a means to explore my identity and perception of self, so my physical and mental encounters are critical to my art practice. I am the vessel of my own photographic narratives, playing the character and creator simultaneously.

 

EDUCATION

  • 2017, Photographic Arts and Production, School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa, Canada

  • 2013, Masters of Arts, University of Ottawa, Canada

  • 2011, BA, Second Language Teaching, University of Ottawa, Canada

  • 2007, Freies Gymnasium Bern (FGB), Bern, Switzerland


  • Since 2013 (ongoing), Part-time Professor, Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute, University of Ottawa

  • Since 2018 (ongoing), Projects and Presentations Instructor, SPAO Centre, Ottawa, Canada

EMPLOYMENT


EXHIBITIONS

 

  • 2019 (upcoming), HOMUNCULUS, or the planets seen through my childhood window, Northern Contemporary, Toronto, Canada

  • 2019, (upcoming), SHOW.19, Cambridge Art Galleries, Cambridge, Canada

  • 2019, The Goldberg Variations and other works, Loop Gallery, Toronto, Canada

  • 2018, This Place is a Shelter, SPAO Centre Gallery, Ottawa, Canada

  • 2018, Out of this World, Group Exhibition, Propeller Gallery, Toronto, Canada

  • 2018, CONCEPTS, Exposure Gallery, Ottawa, Canada

  • 2017, Out of this World, Robert Mclaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Canada

  • 2017, FIGUREWORKS 2017, Ottawa, Canada

  • 2017, 2016, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival (Group Exhibition), Arta Gallery, Toronto, Canada

  • 2017, Exhibition XII, (Group Exhibition), Red Wall Gallery, School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa, Canada

  • 2016, Open House Exhibition (Group Exhibition), Red Wall Gallery, School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa, Canada

  • 2016, A+ Exhibition (Group Exhibition), Red Wall Gallery, School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa, Canada

  • 2016, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival (Group Exhibition), Arta Gallery, Toronto, Canada

  • 2016, Exhibition XI (Group Exhibition), Red Wall Gallery, School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa, Canada

  • 2016, UNHINGED (Group Exhibition), SAW Gallery, Ottawa, Canada

  • 2015, Open House Exhibition (Group Exhibition), Red Wall Gallery, School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa, Canada

  • 2013, Wanderweg Film Premiere (Solo Exhibition), Mayfair Theatre, Ottawa, Can


  • 2018, Photography X Award, Ottawa Arts Council, Ottawa, Canada

  • 2018, The Happening Permanent Art Grant, Ottawa, Canada

  • 2017, "Applied Arts Award," Applied Arts Magazine, Toronto, Canada

  • 2017, "Self Portrait," FIGUREWORKS 2017, Ottawa, Canada

  • 2017, "Award for Visual Merit: Best Exhibition," Exhibition XII, Ottawa, Canada

  • 2017, "The Marc Guertin Craftsmanship Award," Exhibition XII, Ottawa, Canada

  • 2017, SPHYNX Bursary, School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa, Canada

  • 2016, LUX Photography Award, School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa, Canada

  • 2016, Director's Award for Volunteerism, School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa, Canada

  • 2011, Contributions to German Culture Award, Embassy of Germany, Ottawa, Canada

  • 2006, Citizenship Award, Simcoe, Canada

AWARDS/GRANTS


PUBLICATIONS

  • 2017, UNTERWEGS, or the thoughts of a lonesome traveller, printed in Lithuania

  • 2011, "Identity Texts for Teacher Training in Multicultural Society" in Identity Texts (ed. Jim Cummins and Margaret Early)


MEDIA

  • 2013, Documentary film by uOttawa student to premiere at the Mayfair Theatre. The Gazette (Ottawa, ON).

  • 2013, A local filmmaker’s journey across Switzerland. Apt613.com (Ottawa, ON).

  • 2013, The heart’s path through Switzerland. The Fulcrum (Ottawa, ON).

  • 2013, A long walk through Switzerland. FilmStew.com (web).

  • 2013, Wandering in Relativity. Cinemablographer (Ottawa, ON).

  • 2013, Wanderweg. AmandaSage.ca (Ottawa, ON).

  • 2012, A Walk to Remember. Thee Simcoe Reformer (Simcoe, ON).

  • 2011 Class Project Goes Far. The Gazette (Ottawa, ON).

  • 2011, Are we Multicultural? Teacher training for cultural diversity! Re+exion Magazine (web).

  • 2010 Student documentary on teaching in a multilingual society. In Other Words (web).


  • 2016, "How to Develop a Project," RA Photography Club, Ottawa, Canada

  • 2016, Wanderweg: Theory and Testimonials (Artist Talk), Ottawa School of Art, Canada

  • 2013, Wanderweg Q&A (Artist Talk), Mayfair Theatre, Ottawa, Canada

  • 2011, Are We? Documentary (Academic Presentation), TESL Conference, New Orleans, USA

  • 2010, Are We? Documentary (Academic Presentation), TESOL Conference, Toronto, Canada

  • 2010, Are We? Documentary (Academic Presentation), CCERBAL Conference, Ottawa, Canada

LECTURES