Debora De Canio

Debora De Canio was born in Italy and grew up in Potenza, Basilicata.

Between 2015 and 2018, she studied photography at the 'Scuola Romana di Fotografia e Cinema' in Rome, becoming a professional photographer.

In 2022-2023, she furthered her education by pursuing a Master's degree in Art and Design with interdisciplinary practices at Birmingham City University.

Her interdisciplinary practice relies on experimental photography, which includes manipulation or combination of photographic materials with various mediums.

She is driven to break free from the flat surface that a traditional picture conveys and is actively developing and researching a multimedia language that incorporates photography, sculpture, video, and sound.

Reflecting on the usage of the term "folk" and how it confines elements to a separate dimension from the genuine essence that defines a population, one can attain a tangible character by acquiring it through testimonials, practices, and recurring events. This allows us to grasp the customs of the people before technological culture redefined its boundaries and its presence in the world.

The fusion of craft practices intertwined with the anthropological discourse on tradition preservation is prompting her to explore and study ancient materials and techniques that are gradually fading in the modern world.


'At the Limit of the Rule,' a mixed media installation, was exhibited at the Birmingham School of Art during the degree show for the Master of Art & Design with Interdisciplinary Practices program, which took place between the 31st of August and the 4th of September, 2023.

On July 28th and 29th, 2023, she collaborated with the photographer Emanuele Gaudioso to present their joint project, Tormentata, in a deconsecrated church in Davoli, Calabria, as part of the "Sonore Alchimie" event. This project skillfully blended Lucanian landscape pictures with images of objects made with eggshell pottery, allowing them to convey the tormented contemporary condition of their shared homeland.

On June 11, 2021, she took on the creative challenge of designing the cover for the 'The Emoji of Soul' EP. This design incorporated a unique combination of photographs and graphics.

In September 2021, some of the pictures from the series 'Where am I from?' were featured in an online experimental photography exhibition hosted by Artdoc magazine.

During the Experimental Photo Festival in Barcelona, which ran from July 20 to September 30, 2021, her project 'Where am I from?' was chosen for the Argos show as part of this esteemed event.

In 2020, she got selected for the Mikros call of Door Factory, the photography school owned by Massimo Matrorillo in Rome.

She exhibited the book and a selection of images from the project 'The Man That Got Away' at the Ugly Duck in London during the first edition of the Cluster Photography & Print event between February 19 and 23, in 2019.




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