Neeko Paluzzi (b. 1988) is a queer, Canadian artist and educator whose practice focuses on intertextual photo-based installations. 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 degree in Second Language Teaching from the University of Ottawa (2011). He had a featured 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.
As a photo-based artist, my practice has been influenced by my training as a language instructor and my interest in translation theory. When translating from one language to another, meaning is never conveyed perfectly. Elements are changed depending on the translator and their interpretation. Photography is a language, with its own vocabulary, collocations, syntax, and semantics. I recognized this early on in my practice and sought to explore the intertextuality of photography. From music to computer code, and from literature to philosophy, I am interested in translating other texts -- both visual and non-visual -- into photographic interpretations that reflect my own personal experience.