b. 1962 in Italy
Rizzi lives and works in Berlin. Rizzi's practice is an act of mediation through which to present fundamental aspects of the lives of specific individuals or groups of people who have been compromised by the impact of the uprooting forces of neo-liberal globalisation. His video works consider the notion of ‘border’, particularly in relation to issues of identity and presence, concentrating on collective memories and individual stories. Most specifically he is interested in those people who are in some way caught in a dialectic gap between places, sharing different cultures and values. Rizzi travels regularly, spending long periods of time in the contexts he uses as a subject base, these residencies have included months spent in Istanbul to research and film Murat ve Ismail (2005) and in 2007 time spent in Amman to film Impermanent, an emotional interview with Ali Akilah.
In 2005 Rizzi won the Best Artist Prize of the 7th Sharjah Biennial in the United Arab Emirates, and in 2004 and 2005 The Mulliqi Prize at the Kosova Art Gallery. In 2008 he participated in the official programme of the Berlin Film Festival; in 2007 in the 4th Göteborg International Biennial in Sweden and in 2005 in the 3rd Tirana Biennale in Albania and the 9th International Istanbul Biennial in Istanbul.