Donatella Davanzo


Donatella Davanzo [article image]











Donatella’s anthropological works focuse on the connection between community and territory. In order to complete her academic studies in Italy, in Philosophy and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Trieste and Venice, she explored the Southwest area to investigate the use of space by the Native American communities. Considering photography as an active ethnographic tool, she used the visual methodology and the applied research to document the patterns of villages, rock art and ceremonies by Hopi, Pueblo and Navajo. She has also taken part in Italian projects dedicated to the collection of stories about the ancient Venetian crafts as the lace, the glass and the fishing, tango dancers, and to the study of the clown-doctors in the hospitals: in these cases her pictures, going along with the interviews, become expression of social aspects. Besides the many exhibitions in Italy and abroad, her photographic works have also been published in essays, articles, artistic monographs, and in her first book “Tango in Venice” (2011). In the meantime, she has continued to study in the Southwest area participating in fieldwork at UNM about the traditional water management: the acequia. This historic technique has become her current research interest, in particular as practice that represents a persistent expression of cultural identity in New Mexico. In her goals, she intends give particular attention on recording the significant changes from traditional irrigation technique to urban land uses, and explores the opportunities offered by the American Studies Department to increase her previous academic studies.