Deanna Pizzitelli

Koža, Mulheres & Outras histórias

29.09 - 12.11.2022

Koža, Mulheres & Outras histórias


Koža, Women & Other Stories (2015 - ongoing) is a set of interwoven narratives that explore connection, uncertainty, and desire.

This work began when I moved to Slovakia in 2015 and is a poetic expression of my travels in the last six years. In it, I document the unfolding narrative of my experience, disjointed and retold into a story of companionship and isolation. During this time, I also connected with the Archive of Modern Conflict, photographing objects in their collection. These photographs move the project beyond the limitations of my own experience: relics of a broader world.

By pursuing narrative possibility, I aim to discover increasingly complex combinations of feeling. I am interested in the visual constraints of the emotional landscape. Perhaps you could photograph longing, but could you represent it specifically—the fantasy of an apology, or the desire to move emotionally backward? I investigate these boundaries through aesthetic variation—fluctuating emotional rhythms that arise from disparate scenes and gestures. The resultant images sit like objects on the shelf of an antique store: they live together, but their story is in no way singular.

Koža, Women & Other Stories is kind of photographic unrest. Thriving on change, it references the artist, but belongs to no one in particular. Contemporary in both its chaos and visual diversity, it is part archive, part travelogue, part fact and part fiction. It questions the veracity of the photograph, the biography and the archive in general. It uses analogue technology to celebrate the experimental darkroom. Collapsing multiple bodies, timeframes and geographies, this work is a metaphor for the changeability and incomprehensibility of human experience.

In Slovak, “koža" means skin.


Deanna Pizzitelli (b. 1987) is a Canadian artist and educator. She completed her BFA at Ryerson University (CA), and her MFA at the University of Arizona (US).

Pizzitelli’s Koža, Women & Other Stories is one of 10 projects of Les Rencontres d’Arles: Louis Roederer Discovery Award 2020 (FR). She was selected for the Jury’s Choice of the 2020 Prix Virginia (FR), and is a recipient of the 2018 Scotiabank New Generation Photography Award (CA). Pizzitelli has attended residencies in Canada, Iceland, Portugal, Germany, Finland and Sweden. She was awarded the Residency Bursary at Landskrona Foto, as part of the 2021 PhMuseum Photography Grant.

Pizzitelli is represented by Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto (CA). Her work is in the collections of the Archive of Modern Conflict (UK) and the Center for Creative Photography (US). She currently lives in Bratislava (SK).