Martina Zanin’s artistic practice is mainly based on her personal experiences dealing with topics such as memory, emotions, relationships, and identity. In the works, past experiences and emotions become the starting point and the spine to express universal themes, such as the influence of past and memories on the present and future relationships, or the birth and perception of aggressivity in everyday life. The use of metaphors gives her the possibility of translating a given emotion or concept into another dimension, it is the tool she uses to make her personal life accessible and make tangible what is not. Zanin mainly uses photography associating it with other media, including writing, archive material, video, and sound. This multimedia approach allows her to create multiple-level narratives within which narrative spaces and perceptions intertwine, experimenting with various forms of language. Her way of expression is poetical: evocative pictures of details and fragments are often put one after the other or alongside other media, such as text, video, or sound, seeking to activate new levels of meaning and to create engagement between what is seen and who is watching. Zanin working methods is divided between research, imagination, and impulse. Emotions 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. She often chooses and sequences following a structure in which the pictures and the other media talk to each other creating visual and mental associations and dynamics, in an attempt to go beyond the visible.  



Martina Zanin is a visual artist, born in San Daniele del Friuli in 1994. 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 also studied Plastic Arts at Scuola Nicola Zabaglia, Rome and Creative Writing at Scuola Omero, Rome.
Zanin has been nominated for the Foam Paul Huf Award 2019 and the C/O Berlin Talent Award 2020. She is the winner of Camera Work 2021, and of Cantica21. Italian Contemporary Art Everywhere, supported by MAECI and MiC, with her multimedia installation Older Than Love which acquired by Fondazione Modena Arti Visive, Galleria Civica di Modena. She has been shortlisted for several awards, among them: Images Vevey Book Award, Giovane Fotografia Italiana, Premio Francesco Fabbri and Luma Rencontres Dummy Book Award.
Her work I Made Them Run Away has been exhibited in different solo shows as well as within group exhibitions between Italy and Spain. In 2019 she was artist-in-residence at SAM Residency Program. Zanin is represented by studiofaganel in Gorizia, IT. Alongside her artistic practice, she worked as a curator for Spazio Duale Bookshop in Rome and as an assistant for Unseen Book Market and Dummy Award at Unseen Amsterdam.

Solo Shows

2021 I Made Them Run Away, Palazzo Rasponi 2, Ravenna, IT
2021 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

Group Exhibitions

2021 AXIS-SAM Residency Program, Fonderia 20.9, Verona, IT
2021 I Made Them Run Away, Kranj Foto Fest, Kranj, SLO
2021 MULTIPLICITY, Images Gibellina, Gibellina, IT
2021 RECONSTRUCTION – Giovane Fotografia Italiana, Cortona On The Move, Cortona, IT
2021 CORPOREA, Studio Faganel, Gorizia, IT
2021 RECONSTRUCTION – Giovane Fotografia Italiana, Fotografia Europea, Reggio Emilia, IT
2021 Premio Francesco Fabbri per le Arti Contemporanee, Villa Brandolini, Pieve di Soligo, IT
2020 SHIFT, Studio Faganel, Gorizia, IT
2020 Spazio Libero – Immagini per riabitare la città, Reggio Emilia, IT
2019 AXIS – SAM Residency Program, Bosco Chiesanuova, IT
2019 Sistemi, Centrale Festival 11, Fano, IT
2018 I Made Them Run Away, Best of IED Photography, PhotoEspana, Madrid, SP
2017 Rinnegato, SIFEST, Savignano Sul Rubicone, IT
2017 Be Great, ISFCI, Rome, IT
2017 Legàmi, SpazioRaw, Milan, IT
2017 Più Culture, Goethe Institute, Rome, IT
2016 Rinnegato, Palazzo Ferri, Bibbiena, IT
2015 DRD4-7R – Futuro anteriore, Spazio Fontana, Palazzo Esposizioni, Rome, IT
2015 LA GRANDE ALLUSIONE: 1974-2015, MLAC-Museo Laboratorio di Arte Contemporanea, Rome, IT


2021 Luma Rencontres Dummy Book Award Arles (finalist)
2021 Images Gibellina Open Call (winner)
2021 Images Vevey Book Award (shortlist)
2021 Camera Work (winner)
2021 Prix Virginia 2020 (finalist)
2020 Cantica21 (winner)
2020 Premio Francesco Fabbri (finalist)
2020 16th Forum Fotografic Can Baste (finalist)
2020 PHmuseum Photography Grant (shortlist)
2020 ArtPhilein Photobook Contest (shortlist)
2020 Giovane Fotografia Italiana (finalist)
2020 C/O Berlin Talent Award 2020 (nomination)
2019 Foam Paul Huf Award 2019 (nomination)
2018 Fiebre Dummy Award (shortlist)
2018 NEW VISIONS Cortona On The Move (finalist)
2018 Lucie Foundation Fine Art Scholarship (shortlist)
2017 Lucie Foundation Emerging Scholarship (shortlist)
2017 Photo Workshop New York Scholarship (winner)
2017 Riaperture Photo Festival Ferrara (second place winner)
2016 Foiano Fotografia Portfolio Review Prize (winner)


  • Fondazione Modena Arti Visive/Galleria Civica di Modena
  • Palazzo Rasponi II, Municipality of Ravenna


2019 SÅM Residency Program, Lessinia, IT



2021 I Made Them Run Away, Camera Work Exhibition Catalogue
2021 Premio Francesco Fabbri, Exhibition Catalogue
2020 I Made Them Run Away, SHIFT Exhibition Catalogue
2019 I Made Them Run Away, Unseen Magazine #7
2019 I Made Them Run Away, Fotografare Magazine #4
2018 rinnegato, FotoCULT
2017 rinnegato, EyesOpen Magazine #8


2020 New Photography – Martina Zanin, ATP Diary
2020 May My Two Again Become One, PHmuseum
2019 I Made Them Run Away, YET magazine
2019 SAM Lessinia Residency, ATP Diary
2018 I Made Them Run Away, Der Greif
2018 I Made Them Run Away, laRepubblica.it
2017 Più Culture, Internazionale
2016 Interview Martina Zanin, FrizziFrizzi


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