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Rossanne Pellegrino, Photographer and Mixed Media Artist, born in Adelaide (1980). Lives and works in London and Adelaide, Australia.

Rossanne was a student of International Studies and Foreign Languages, and later studied Photography at the University of Arts South Australia. It was during this time as a photography student, that Rossanne was awarded a grant from the South Australian Youth Arts Board to produce her first solo show 'Looking Through Fresh Eyes' (2003) which explored the Adelaide community through black and white photography. Since her first exhibition, Rossanne has regularly exhibited her work in Australia and in the UK, and has also been awarded arts grants and places in mentorship schemes to further develop her art practice exploring memory, place and identity.

Rossanne’s distinctive documentary-style photography and her ability to employ various techniques such as embroidery on photography, photo transfer and Polaroid manipulation have resulted in a diverse body of work; from black and white photojournalism to expressive imagery that blurs the border between photography and the handcrafted. Embedded within her work is a continued exploration into nostalgia, memory and identity.

In her most recent body of work, ‘Strange New World’ Rossanne explores false memory recall through embroidered photography. Embroidering abstract shapes, pattern and colour onto old photographs, Rossanne highlights the ever-changing nature of our memories, influenced by factors such as age, culture, time and imagination. The result is imagery made surreal, with reinvented histories. ‘Strange New World’ is on show at Brunswick Street Gallery (Melbourne, Australia) from 4 -17 April 2018. A selection of imagery from her ‘Strange New World’ exhibition can be found here. Rossanne's Strange New World piece is now part of the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2018.

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education
2003
Flinders University, Bachelor of International Studies and Diploma of Language

2004
University of South Australia, Photographic Studies, Visual Communication

solo exhibitions
2018
Strange New World @ Brunswick Street Gallery, Brunswick Street, Melbourne, Australia.

2004
In.transit @ Flightpath, 101 Hindley Street, Adelaide.

2003
Looking Through Fresh Eyes @ FAD Gallery, 40 Waymouth Street, Adelaide. (An exhibition part of the SALA [South Australian Living Artists] Festival.)

selected group exhibitions
2018
Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London. Co-ordinated by Grayson Perry.

2017
CCP Salon, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Fitzroy Australia

2016
Artmart 2016, Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Darwin Australia

PROOF, Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Darwin Australia

40 x 40 Art Prize 2016, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2015
National Open Art Winter Exhibition, Royal College of Art, London

2014
STYLEAID Photography Exhibition, Perth, Australia

Drawn to Abstraction, Orleans House Gallery, Twickenham, London

2013
The London Group Open exhibition, the Cello Factory, Waterloo, London.

2012
Print Now! 2012 at Bearspace Gallery, Deptford

2011
Westminster Arts Exhibition 2011 at SW1 Gallery Victoria, London.

Print Now! 2011. Touring exhibition at SW1 Gallery Victoria, London and Bearspace Gallery, Deptford.

2010
Summer Exhibition at Max Dawn Gallery, Thebarton, South Australia.

2009
Of No Particular Order, Gallery 139, Magill, South Australia.

Scotch College Fine Art Exhibition, Torrens Park, SA

2008
Westminster Open Arts Exhibition, SW1 Gallery, Cardinal Walk, London, SW1.

Parallel Lines @ La Boheme Gallery, Grote Street, Adelaide.

2007
Momentum @ the Adelaide Festival Theatre, North Terrace, Adelaide.

Layered & Unveiled @ Art at 10GS Gallery, London, UK.

2005
Riccordo @ Prospect Gallery, 1 Thomas Street, Nailsworth.

Polar @ Avalon Gallery, Basement Level 66 Hindley Street, Adelaide.

2004
Lightlines@ J111 Gallery, University of South Australia, Holbrooks Road, Adelaide.

Self-titled @ To Relish, 126 – 128 King William Road, Hyde Park. (An exhibition part of the SALA [South Australian Living Artists] Festival.)

2003
Amalgam @ J111 Gallery, University of South Australia, Holbrooks Road, Adelaide.

Click! @ J111 Gallery, University of South Australia, Holbrooks Road, Adelaide.

awards
2018
a-n Bursary Recipient to attend the 10th Berlin Bienniale

2016
Awarded Honorable Mention at 40 x 40 Art Prize 2016, Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy Australia

2005
Recipient of In-Site Arts Grant awarded by Craft South and Ozco Arts Council.

2004
Awarded the Optus Mentorship Scheme 2005 (in conjunction with the Helpmann Academy).
Recipient of In-Site Arts Grant awarded by Craft South and Ozco Arts Council.

2003
Recipient of Youth Arts Grant awarded by South Australian Youth Arts Board.

Awarded first prize for photographic works exhibited at Click! @ J111 Gallery, University of
South Australia, Holbrooks Road, Adelaide, Australia.

publications
2018
Featured in the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition Catalogue

2010
London through a different lens, exhibition review by Gina Di Pieri Salvi. Review found at the GLAM Adelaide website.

2007
Summer time in bikinis; produced photographic imagery for the Helpmann Academy 2007 Christmas communications.

2005
Optus Mentorship Scheme interview with Lynda Allen, appearing in the Helpmann Academy Magazine, Australia.

2004
Abandoned Space; photographic imagery appearing in ‘STU Magazine: Melbourne Issue’, Sydney, Australia.

professional development
2005
Creative director for the City Map for Disadvantaged Youths Project, Adelaide Inner City Youth Service.

Guest Speaker at the University of South Australia discussing ‘How to organise a Photographic Exhibition’.

2004
Guest Speaker at the University of South Australia discussing ‘Street Photography and Editorial Imagery’.

2003
Assisting in the production of photographic work for Snapshots Of A New Life, exhibited at the State Theatre (Adelaide) for the Migrants Resources Centre of South Australia.

Photographic Assistant with Orange Lane Photography for commercial shoot with State Theatre Company.

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