Martina Zanin’s work is mainly based on her personal experiences. Her artistic practice deals with topics such as memory, relationships, and identity. She is attracted by the fragmentation and ambiguity of memories and their influences on the present and on the future. In I Made Them Run Away, Zanin reflects on how past events, filtered through memory, can influence the dynamics of present relationships. She mainly uses photography associating it with other media, including writing, archive material and drawing. This allows her to create multiple-level narratives within which narrative spaces and perceptions intertwine, experiencing with various forms of language. Her way of expression is poetical – her evocative pictures of details and fragments are often put one after the other or alongside text seeking to activate the mind of the viewer, and thus create interaction between what is seen and who is watching. She often chooses and sequences following a structure in which the pictures talk to each other creating visual and mental associations and movements, attempting to go beyond the visible.



Martina Zanin (b.1994) is a visual artist born in San Daniele del Friuli. She graduated with honors in Photography from ISFCI – Istituto di Fotografia, Rome, and holds an MA in Contemporary Photography from IED, 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, for the C/O Berlin Talent Award 2020 and she is winner of Camera Work 2021, and of Cantica21 with her artwork Older Than Love which will be acquired by Fondazione Modena Arti Visive, Galleria Civica di Modena. She has been shortlisted for several awards and grants, among them: Lucie Foundation Scholarship, Fiebre Dummy Award, ArtPhilein Photobook Contest and is among the finalists of Giovane Fotografia Italiana 2020 and Premio Francesco Fabbri 2020.
Her work I Made Them Run Away has been exhibited in three solo shows as well as within other group shows 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.


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 Diploma with Honors in Photography, ISFCI, Rome, IT

Group Exhibitions

2021 RECONSTRUCTION – Giovane Fotografia Italiana, Fotografia Europea, Reggio Emilia, IT
2021 AXIS-SAM Residency Program, Fonderia 20.9, Verona, 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 OFF, 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

Solo Exhibitions

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


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 Special Award Emerging Artist Biennale MArteLive
2017 Photo Workshop New York Scholarship (winner)
2017 Riaperture Photo Festival Ferrara (second place winner)
2016 Foiano Fotografia Portfolio Review Prize (winner)
2016 First Prize winner and discovery of the year IPOTY



2020 I Made Them Run Away, SHIFT Catalog, Studio Faganel
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


2019 SÅM Residency Program, Lessinia, IT