About

Martina Zanin’s work originates from her personal experiences. Growing up in a broken home, with an aggressive father and the continuous exposure to men caused by the multiple relationships of her mother, Zanin is drawn to explore and question the roots of specific behaviors and patterns within family dynamics, putting in tension the ambivalence of affective relationships. Central topics in her practice are family ties, absence, memory, emotions, and identity. Zanin works at the intersection of photography, archive material, writing, video, and sound, thus creating multiple-level narratives within which narrative spaces and perceptions intertwine. Her visual language is characterized by a poetic expression – fragments and details are extrapolated from everyday life and are given different meanings being put one after the other or alongside other media, seeking to active new levels of interpretation. Her artistic process is divided between research, imagination, and instinct. Sensations and memories play an important role in the process of creation and production, which is divided among previously noted or drawn ideas, photographs taken more instinctively, and photographs and scraps from her personal archive. Zanin stands out for her ability to determine visual associations and short-circuit at the installation and editorial level, with the intention to communicate at a sensorial level and go beyond what is visible. 

Bio

Martina Zanin is a queer visual artist born in San Daniele del Friuli, Italy. She graduated with honors in Photography from Istituto Superiore di Fotografia in Rome and received a Master’s degree in Contemporary Photography from Istituto Europeo di Design in Madrid. She studied Plastic Arts and Creative Writing. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows at international level, among others IIC Abu Dhabi, IIC Melbourne, FMAV – Fondazione Modena Arti Visive, BACO – Base Arte Contemporanea Odierna, Villa Brandolini, Cortona On The Move, Fotografia Europea, and Photo España. Zanin is the author of the photobook I Made Them Run Away published by SKINNERBOOX in October 2021, and Older Than Love, a self-published book accompanying the homonymous multimedia installation. In 2021 Zanin is the winner of Camera Work, Images Gibellina, and Cantica21. Italian Contemporary Art Everywhere supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Ministry of Culture. She has been nominated for the Foam Paul Huf Award 2019 and the C/O Berlin Talent Award 2020. In 2019 she was artist-in-residence at SAM Residency Program. Zanin is represented by studiofaganel gallery in Gorizia, IT.

Selected Solo Shows

2021

Older Than Love, IIC Abu Dhabi, Fann À Porter, Dubai, UAE
I Made Them Run Away, Spazio Labò, Bologna, IT
I Made Them Run Away, Photo Open Up, Padova, IT
I Made Them Run Away, Palazzo Rasponi 2, Ravenna, IT
I Made Them Run Away, Studio Faganel, Gorizia, IT

2020

I Made Them Run Away, Panoramic Festival, Barcelona, SP

2019

I Made Them Run Away, Leporello, Rome, IT

2018

I Made Them Run Away, JEST, Turin, IT

Selected Group Shows

2022

Eyes on Tomorrow. Giovane Fotografia Italiana nel Mondo
AXIS-SAM Residency Program, Fonderia 20.9, Verona, IT

2021

Older Than Love, Nuove Acquisizioni – Cantica21, FMAV – Fondazione Modena Arti Visive, Modena, IT
I Made Them Run Away, Kranj Foto Fest, Kranj, SLO
RECONSTRUCTION – Giovane Fotografia Italiana, Cortona On The Move, Cortona, IT
CORPOREA, Studio Faganel, Gorizia, IT
RECONSTRUCTION – Giovane Fotografia Italiana,Fotografia Europea, Reggio Emilia, IT
Premio Francesco Fabbri, Villa Brandolini, Pieve di Soligo, IT

2020

SHIFT, Studio Faganel, Gorizia, IT
Spazio Libero – Immagini per riabitare la città, Reggio Emilia, IT

2019

AXIS – SAM Residency Program, Bosco Chiesanuova, IT
Sistemi, Centrale Festival 11, Fano, IT

2018

I Made Them Run Away, PhotoEspana, Madrid, SP

2017

Be Great, ISFCI, Rome, IT
Legàmi, SpazioRaw, Milan, IT
Più Culture, Goethe Institute, Rome, IT

2015

DRD4-7R – Futuro anteriore, Spazio Fontana, Palazzo Esposizioni, Rome, IT
LA GRANDE ALLUSIONE: 1974-2015, MLAC-Museo Laboratorio di Arte Contemporanea, Rome, IT

Awards

2022

Foto Wien Photobook Award (finalist)

2021

Finalist, LUMA Rencontres Dummy Book Award Arles
Winner, Images Gibellina
Shortlisted, Images Vevey Book Award
Winner, Camera Work
Finalist, Prix Virginia
Winner, Cantica21. Italian Contemporary Art Everywhere

2020

Finalist, Premio Francesco Fabbri
Finalist, PHmuseum Photography Grant
Finalist, Giovane Fotografia Italiana
Nominee, C/O Berlin Talent Award

2019

Nominee, Foam Paul Huf Award

2018

Finalist, Fiebre Dummy Award

2017

Winner, Photo Workshop New York Scholarship

Books

2021 Older Than Love, Self-published
2021 I Made Them Run Away, SKINNERBOOX
2021 Metafotografia III, SKINNERBOOX
2020 SHIFT, studiofaganel

Selected Press and Publications


I Made Them Run Away reviewed by Matteo Cremonesi, PHROOM
I Made Them Run Away reviewed by Odette England, photo-eye
Intervista su untitleDV
I libri di fotografia dell’anno, Internazionale
PhMuseum’s Best Photobooks of 2021
Q&A Chiara Bardelli-Nonino and Martina Zanin, Vogue Italia
I Made Them Run Away, L’Essenziale
Ricordi che non scappano via, Internazionale
C41 Questions On: Printed Narratives with Martina Zanin
Metafotografia – Linguaggi di confine, Internazionale
I Made Them Run Away, Yogurt Magazine
I Made Them Run Away, Vostok Magazine (vol.28)
New Photography – Martina Zanin, ATP Diary
Research, Faith, and Identity of Two Astrological Twins, PhMuseum
SAM Lessinia Residency, ATP Diary
I Made Them Run Away, Unseen Magazine #7
I Made Them Run Away, Der Greif
I Made Them Run Away reviewed by Olga Gambari, La Repubblica
rinnegato, EyesOpen Magazine #8
Interview Martina Zanin, FrizziFrizzi

Talks and Lectures

2022 – present Teacher at Grisart, Barcelona, SP
2022 LECTURE – Master di I livello in ARCHIVI FOTOGRAFICI, University of Trieste, IT
2022 TALK – Retreat of Independent Photographic Publishing, The House of Photography, Pisa, IT
2022 TALK – Metafotografia with Martina Zanin, Elio Grazioli, Riccardo Panattoni, University of Verona, IT
2022 LECTURE – The present state of the arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, CN
2021 BOOK PRESENTATION – I Made Them Run Away at studiofaganel, Gorizia, IT
2021 MASTERCLASS – RUFA, Rome, IT
2021 LECTURE – Spazio Labo’, Bologna, IT
2021 TALK – Martina Zanin presents I Made Them Run Away in conversation with Daria Tuminas at 10x10photobooks #INSTAsalons
2021 LECTURE – FMAV – Scuola di Alta Formazione, Modena, IT
2021 TALK – I Made Them Run Away at PhMuseum Days, Bologna, IT
2021 TALK – Speciale Giovane Fotografia Italiana #08, Cortona On the Move, IT
2021 TALK – Da Reggio Emilia a Cortona. Sinergie per la Giovane Fotografia Italiana – Nuove prospettive di immaginazione, Fotografia Europea, IT

Collections

  • BACO (Base Arte Contemporanea Odierna)
  • Biblioteca Panizzi, Reggio Emilia
  • Fondazione Modena Arti Visive/Galleria Civica di Modena
  • Palazzo Rasponi II, Municipality of Ravenna

Residencies

2019 SÅM Residency Program, Lessinia, IT

Education

2020 Creative Writing, Scuola Omero, Rome, IT
2018/19 Plastic Arts, Scuola Nicola Zabaglia, Rome, IT
2018 Advanced Course «Exhibit – Know How», MAXXI, Rome, IT
2017/18 MA in Contemporary Photography, IED Madrid, SP
2017 Workshop with Phillip Toledano, Pratt Institute, New York, US
2013/16 BA with Honors in Photography, ISFCI, Rome, IT