Sebastian Buzzalino is a Canadian-Argentine photographer who resides in Calgary. For the past decade, he has been a mainstay in the local music and arts community: a writer for local music publications, a venue booker and promoter, and a live music photographer. In more recent years, his portfolio has expanded to include contemporary portraiture that explores themes of sexuality, gender, and identity. A fierce proponent of DIY publishing and exhibitions, he has released several self-published zines and books which feature his live music photography, street photography, and original poetry that explores his plural identities. His most recent photography show, Unmanned, took place in a single-night exhibit in an underground, unmarked venue on 17th Avenue.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, he spent three months in Mexico City, spending nearly every afternoon combing the streets of the metropolis and immersing himself in the vibrant, chaotic street and park culture, producing a photo book that explored the impossibility of returning home. His latest work, Little Deaths, was founded within the restrictions of the pandemic. For 18 months, he put his camera in the hands of dozens of households across the city with instructions for producing long-exposure portraits of couples having sex. The result is a collection of ghostly, abstract photos that push the boundary of bodies and challenges our understanding of artistic ownership.
Which ‘hood are you in?
My wife and I have been living in Crescent Heights for the past three years and we absolutely love it. Centre St, in particular, is a gem as locally-owned businesses flourish, with tons of cool places to eat and drink.
What do you do?
Too much sometimes. I work full time at a craft brewery, Citizen Brewing, in Tuxedo, which I love. It really scratches a social itch for me, the beers are fantastic and I work with the greatest people. I also co-founded and run a photography collective, Idle Eyes Collective, which is dedicated to providing a space for emerging voices in photography. And last but definitely not least, I spend my days continuing to work on my artistic career, shooting portraits of artists and bands, working on music videos, developing personal projects, and figuring out how to fund everything without maxing out my credit card.
What are you currently working on?
I just launched my latest project, Little Deaths, on August 6 at Idle Eyes Collective. The show itself featured 22 large, long-exposure prints of couples having sex.
I also just edited Slut Prophet’s video for Camp Sled Island, currently shooting season 2 of Miesha & the Spanks’ online series, Spanks World, getting ready to tour in September, and working on Idle Eyes’ debut zine to be released sometime in November.
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