Neeko Paluzzi (he/him) is a lens-based artist and language educator who situates his own queer body at the center of inter-textual installations that use translation theory to explore European musical, literary, and cinematic histories. His body is morphed and merged into these texts using 3D-scanning and deep-fake technologies as a way to examine his own subjectivity and to question the traditional barriers between character and creator. Although he utilizes contemporary photographic techniques, Paluzzi’s art practice is grounded by the rigours of darkroom chemistry and scholarly research, presenting opportunities to explore the history of photography in conversation with other artists and academics.
Neeko Paluzzi is a graduate of the Photographic Arts and Production program at the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa (2017) and holds a undergraduate degree in Second-Language Teaching (2011) and a masters degree in Film Studies (2013), both from the University of Ottawa. He was the recipient of the Karsh Continuum Photography Award from the City of Ottawa in 2021, had a feature exhibition at the Scotiabank CONTACT Festival in 2019, and was the winner of the 2018 Project X, Photography Grant from the Ottawa Arts Council. Paluzzi is currently completing a Masters of Fine Arts at the University of Ottawa while maintaining a teaching position at the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute.