Born in Rome, Sara Pettinella graduated in art history and studied design and photography in Italy and the United Kingdom. She won the Interfaces Award (University of Rome and MIFAV – Museum of the Photographic Image and Visual Arts) in 2002. Since 2004, she has been active in the non-profit sector in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa working with refugees and other vulnerable groups through photography and design.

In 2011, she relocated to Brooklyn, NY, where she co-founded the art collectives Linearossa (2011) and electric cabbage (2012 – present). Her solo projects have been showcased internationally by galleries, art locations and online shows such as MIFAV, La Casa dell’Altra Economia, Zebra Room, Cheryl Pelavin Gallery, New York City Transit Museum, NooSPHERE ART, Skylight Gallery, The ArtisTTable, and DomagkAteliers.

She recently won the first prize for Eye.Eye.Nose.Mouth, a portrait competition organized by the ArtisTTable (April 2014) and the third place of the Urban Landscape photo contest organized by the New York Center for Photographic Art (July 2015).

Since 2014, she has ben directing, shooting and editing video documentary projects with a special focus on music and performative arts. Her ongoing projects are the documentation of the work of New York based artist Elena Berriolo and the documentation of the music relief project OTONOWA, started in Japan after the 2011 earthquake-tsunami by a Japanese American jazz band lead by drummer Akira Tana. She also directed We Are One blood drum spirit, a documentary produced and featuring royal hartigan‘s band blood drum spirit and their experience in Ghana.

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Most Recent Shows and Events

Stolen Water  –  December 2017 [Music Video directed by Sara Pettinella] please visit:

Reflections  –  October 2017 [Music Video directed by Sara Pettinella] please visit:

We Are One – blood drum spirit  –  June 2017 [documentary film directed by Sara Pettinella] please visit:

“A Book as a Bridge / Mexican Border” –  May 15th, 2017
Short documentary film on Elena Berriolo’s performance. An act of protest against the wall proposed by D.Trump at the US/Mexico border.

Ascentria Care Alliance Video – November 17th, 2016 [Bhutanese Refugee Camps Photos by Sara Pettinella]

Sound Circle  – Setsunan University, Neyagawa, Osaka Prefecture (Japan)
Public screening and conference. October 12th, 2016 [documentary film directed by Sara Pettinella]
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Sound Circle  – Hannan University, Matsubara, Osaka Prefecture (Japan)
Public screening and conference. October 11th, 2016 [documentary film directed by Sara Pettinella]
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Sound Circle  – Cafe Pink House, Saratoga CA
Preview screening. August 28th, 2016 [documentary film directed by Sara Pettinella]

PLATFORM: Creative Musings on Mass Transit – New York Transit Museum
June 22nd, 2016 [ video ]
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“A Book as a Bridge / Staten Island”
Short documentary film on the  performance of the artist Elena Berriolo. Sewing a book to connect the NYC boroughs of Manhattan and Staten Island.
(May 6th 2016) Release date June 17th, 2016 
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“Feed me the Line” – The Center For Book Arts NYC
Short documentary film on the performance with sewing machine and poetry by Elena Berriolo with poet Steve Dalachinsky 
(December 4th 2015) Release date February 11th, 2016
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“A Book as a Bridge / Bronx”
Short documentary film on the  performance of the artist Elena Berriolo in the New York City Subway, from Wall Street to the Bronx
(November 23rd 2015) Release date February 2nd, 2016 
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Postcards from the Edge – Sikkema Jenkins & Co NYC
January 2016 [collage] Art benefit show organized by Visual AIDS

Greenpoint Gallery’s Grand Salon Show, Fall 2015 – Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
September 17th, 2015 [collage] 
Greenpoint Gallery

Urban Landscapes / Rural Impressions – Jadite Galleries NYC
September 15th – 30th, 2015 [photography]  
New York Center for Photographic Art / Jadite Galleries

Postcards from the Edge – Luhring Augustine Gallery NYC
February 2015 [collage] A Visual AIDS art benefit

Art in a Box 2014 – Skylight Gallery, NYC
December 2014 [photography]

The Art of Storytelling – Walworth Loft, NYC
August 31st, 2014 [organic collage]
Gelato! Art Salon and Artist Relief Collective

ArtItaly & ArtWorld – DomagkAteliers, Munich Germany
June 5th – June 10th 2014 [documentary photography / videoart; collaboration with Flavio Sciolé]
ArtItaly & ArtWorld – Domagk Ateliers

Eye-Eye-Nose-Mouth – the ArtisTTable
April 8th – May 8th 2014 [photography]
the artisTTable juried portrait exhibition – First place – artist statement

3 Years – 3 Days – NOoSPHERE Art NYC
February 2014 [photography]

Postcards from the Edge – Luhring Augustine Gallery NYC
January 2014 [collage] A Visual AIDS benefit show

Art in a Box 2013 –  Cheryl Pelavin Gallery, NYC
December 2013 [photography]

STRIPES – the Zebra Room, Brooklyn NY
December 9th, 2012 [installation]

PLACE STAMP HERE – private location, Brooklyn NY
July 14th, 2012 [installation]

Tempo – No. Gallery, NYC – 2011 [videoart, photography and animation]
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in silenzio solo show/collective show, multiple locations, Rome Italy – 2010 [photography]
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Other Projects

Grateful to Brooklyn [wearable art] ongoing from 2013

electric cabbage [art collective, interactive installations and events] ongoing from 2012

linearossa [art collective/ curatorial] January – November 2011

Valori [documentary] 2009

Creative Photography Workshops ongoing from 2008

Eye.Eye.Nose.Mouth Portrait Competition Award, 2014

I was impressed by the outstanding work of Sara Pettinella, and have chosen her photo, ‘En El Nula – Venezuela’  for First Place. Pettinella has an interesting perception of space and uses special camera angles to create mysterious and fascinating compositions. She employs diagonals to create a welcome discomfort  that is a balance between intriguing characters and a unique aesthetic with extreme compositions.

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“Praga_Kafka” by Sara Pettinella. Winner of Interfaces Award, 2002 edition

Motivation: For the lightness of graphics and design that introduce the visitors to the atmosphere of Prague. Please note the special attention devoted to stimulating interactivity, desire to explore and the interest of the audience who can only be fascinated by the “journey “

MIFAV – Museum of the Photographic Image and Visual Arts, Rome Italy