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The Skin I'm In

Adrian Vieni

The Skin I’m In is a mixed media art project that uses film, photography and interview to explore the complex relationship between identity and physical appearance. The project aims to further the conversation about identity and acceptance, while exploring the delicate relationship between physical appearance and self perception. The Skin I’m In is a unique collaboration between filmmaker Adrian Vieni, photographer Anthony Tuccito, hairstylist Trevor Odho and visual artists Dina Roudman & Nicole Charles. The project marries these artists' unique styles and mediums to create an immersive art installation that extends beyond a gallery show or webpage. The film is part of a larger gallery presentation that also features large format portrait photography and a print component - a zine that combines more photography and graphic design with long-format interviews with each subject.

Adrian Vieni is an award-winning visual storyteller from Toronto, Canada. He has a unique ability to tell honest stories on screen, combining a naturalistic approach with raw energy, creative compositions and bold imagery. As a filmmaker, he aims to tell stories with real human connections, bringing a cinematic and personal approach to each project. Adrian has created commercial work for major brands such as Canon, Heineken, Netflix, Roots and Destination Canada, and collaborated on projects with rising singer/songwriter Jessie Reyez, platinum-selling electronic duo DVBBS, XO rapper Belly, Cash Money recording artist J-Soul, and indie-rockers Arkells, amongst others. His work has been featured on a wide range of global platforms including Complex, Billboard, Strategy Online, Director’s Notes, Vice, Booooooom, The Fader and Pitchfork.