Patrizia Mussa - Teatro Ollimpico Palladio, 2018-2020 (detail)

Patrizia Mussa

January 28, 2021

Patrizia Mussa is an Italian photographer arguably best known for her ongoing series dedicated to Italian theaters titled "Teatri - Photopastels". Starting in 2000, the series feature images of theaters reinterpreted not as places of historical representation, but rather as "open, unfinished forms", architectural spaces gradually consumed and transformed by time. Mussa also has other notable projects, including "Le Temple du Soleil"  (2008), which focused on the utopian architecture of the French philosopher Jean Balladur. In 2016, she started "Warless Theatres", focusing on the landscapes of Afghanistan, Yemen, and Ethiopia. She took the images while the sites were still accessible. Since then, the artist has reinterpreted these images differently – by retouching each print with pastel. Based between Turin and Paris, Patrizia Mussa studied Philosophy at the University of Turin and attended the Cultural Anthropology course at Sorbonne.

Featured image: Patrizia Mussa - Teatro Ollimpico Palladio, 2018-2020 (detail). Archival pigment print with hand-applied pastel. 23 3/5 × 27 3/5 × 2/5 in. 60 × 70 × 1 cm. Edition of 7 + 1AP. Photo courtesy Galerie XII