PAOLO ZUÑIGA


b. 1981, San Diego, CA

Paolo Zuñiga is an artist and filmmaker whose work navigates between fiction storytelling, ethnographic practice, and documentary form; concerning itself with the narrativizing of individual experience and the sociocultural conditions that inform home, place, and identity.

He earned a BA in anthropology from San Diego State University and an MFA in visual arts from UC San Diego.

His films have been exhibited in festivals and galleries such as UCLA New Wight Gallery, The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Echo Park Film Center, San Diego Latino Film Festival, Portland Underground Film Festival, Working Title Film Festival (Italy), San Diego Underground Film Festival, and Cine Tonalá Tijuana


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LACUSTRE
2019, 48 min., HD video

Lacustre paints an observational portrait of landscape that is untethered from discernible chronologies and ornative arcs; instead bearing witness to the temporalities of land and labor.




EN MI PUEBLO
2019, 5 min.

Images of a rural landscape evoke feelings of a distant past while the delicate voice of an aging man imparts a sense of intimacy upon a life once lived.




THERE’S ONLY ONE ME
2017, 9 min.

A documentary film based on a series of interviews with Félix Peralta Jr., a deported U.S. military veteran living in Tijuana, Mexico.




SALTWORKS
2016, 2 min.

A reflection on the politics of minerals and the idea of "modernism" as a hyper-industrialized culture where machines are in ruins; requiring man to develop new solutions to continue the extraction process.




NIGHTTIME STRIKES
2015, 12 min.

A young man, employed by an unseen boss, is thrust into a world where violence is the only choice.