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 intuition. 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 determines visual associations and dynamics at the installation and editorial level, with the intention to communicate sensorially and go beyond what is visible. 


Martina Zanin is an Italian 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, FMAV – Fondazione Modena Arti Visive, BACO – Base Arte Contemporanea Odierna, Villa Brandolini, Athens Photo Festival, 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 Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Italian 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.


I Made Them Run Away, Terranova, Barcelona, ES

Older Than Love, IIC Abu Dhabi, Fann À Porter, Dubai, AE
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

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

I Made Them Run Away, Leporello, Rome, IT

I Made Them Run Away, JEST, Turin, IT


– Italian Panorama – Photo Vogue Festival, BASE Milano, Milan, IT
– IIC Lisbon, Eyes on Tomorrow. Giovane Fotografia Italiana nel Mondo, Lisbon, PT
I Made Them Run Away, Athens Photo Festival, Athens, GR
– AXIS-SAM Residency Program, Fonderia 20.9, Verona, IT

Older Than Love, Nuove Acquisizioni – Cantica21, FMAV – Fondazione Modena Arti Visive, Modena, IT
I Made Them Run Away, Kranj Foto Fest, Kranj, SI
– 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

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

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

I Made Them Run Away, PhotoEspana, Madrid, ES

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

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


Foto Wien Photobook Award (finalist)

LUMA Rencontres Dummy Book Award Arles (finalist)
Images Gibellina (winner)
Images Vevey Book Award (finalist)
Camera Work (winner)
Prix Virginia (finalist)
Cantica21. Italian Contemporary Art Everywhere (winner)

Premio Francesco Fabbri (finalist)
PHmuseum Photography Grant (finalist)
Giovane Fotografia Italiana (finalist)
C/O Berlin Talent Award (nominee)

Foam Paul Huf Award (nominee)

Fiebre Dummy Award (finalist)

Photo Workshop New York Scholarship (winner)


Older Than Love, Self-published
I Made Them Run Away, SKINNERBOOX
Metafotografia III, SKINNERBOOX

SHIFT, studiofaganel


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


TEACHER at Grisart, Barcelona, ES (current)
BOOK PRESENTATION – I Made Them Run Away in conversation with Chiara Capodici and Raffaella Perna, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, IT
LECTURE on Family Archives – Master in Photographic Archives, University of Trieste, IT
TALK – Retreat of Independent Photographic Publishing, The House of Photography, Pisa, IT
TALKMetafotografia with Martina Zanin, Elio Grazioli, Riccardo Panattoni, University of Verona, IT
LECTUREThe present state of the arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, CN

BOOK PRESENTATION – I Made Them Run Away in conversation with Sara Occhipinti, studiofaganel, Gorizia, IT
LECTURE – Spazio Labo’, Bologna, IT
TALK – Martina Zanin presents I Made Them Run Away in conversation with Daria Tuminas at 10x10photobooks #INSTAsalons
LECTURE – FMAV – Scuola di Alta Formazione, Modena, IT
TALK – I Made Them Run Away at PhMuseum Days, Bologna, IT
TALKSpeciale Giovane Fotografia Italiana #08, Cortona On the Move, IT
TALKDa Reggio Emilia a Cortona. Sinergie per la Giovane Fotografia Italiana – Nuove prospettive di immaginazione, Fotografia Europea, IT


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


SÅM Residency Program, Lessinia, IT


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, ES
2017 Workshop with Phillip Toledano, Pratt Institute, New York, US
2013/16 BA with Honors in Photography, ISFCI, Rome, IT