Defend The Darkroom: Deanna Pizzitelli

It’s time to check out the newest Defend the Darkroom podcast! In this episode, Paulette Michayluk interviews Deanna Pizzitelli on starting an art career and how that career can shift and change over time. As an emerging creative, starting your career and trying to make it grow into something meaningful and sustaining can seem like a daunting task, but you’re not alone! Listen as Deanna Pizzitelli discusses how she has worked to stay inspired while taking steps in developing her art career.

“I think it’s common for most creatives to dream about the day when they garner recognition, find gallery representation and starting to get shown internationally. I don’t believe I ever have had a full understanding of what these things would (or could) mean to an art practise or how an art practise needs to be in constant motion to keep evolving and fresh.

Speaking with Deanna Pizzitelli was a real pleasure. Her experiences in starting as a photographic printer then evolved her practise to shooting and is now into the realm of education demonstrates how she is constantly striving to make her voice heard while challenge herself both aesthetically and intellectually. For me, this conversation really demonstrates the necessity of consistent dedication when building art practise and that mentorship and community are integral to being a success.

In my opinion, this conversation is a seminar about starting a career as a fine artist. It has given me so much inspiration and helped me gain some focus and direction for my own practise.

I hope that you enjoy this conversation.” – Paulette Michayluk

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About Deanna Pizzitelli:

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), in which an endowment was shared amongst all finalists in solidarity. She was selected for the Jury’s Choice of the 2020 Prix Virginia (FR) and was shortlisted for the 1854 x Leica Witnesses of: Individuality commission, as well as the 2019 Encontros da Imagem: Emergentes award (PT).

Pizzitelli is a recipient of the 2018 Scotiabank New Generation Photography Award (CA). This culminated in an exhibition at the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, and the OCADu Onsite Gallery in Toronto, part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. Both were curated by Luce Lebart. In 2019, she sat on the jury for the same award.

Pizzitelli has attended residencies in Canada, Iceland, Portugal and Finland. She recently won the Residency Bursary at Landskrona Foto as part of the 2021 PHmuseum Photography Grant. In 2019, she was awarded the Beth Block Membership Honoraria from the Houston Center for Photography, juried by Shane Lavalette.

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

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