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, sound, and sculpture. 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 and Creative Writing.
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, Images Gibellina, and of Cantica21. Italian Contemporary Art Everywhere, supported by MAECI and MiC. Her work was shown in solo and group exhibitions in institutions, galleries, festivals, and no-profit spaces, at international level, among others IIC Abu Dhabi, Fann A Porter Gallery, FMAV – Fondazione Modena Arti Visive, BACO – Base Arte Contemporanea Odierna, Villa Brandolini, MLAC – Museo Laboratorio Arte Contemporanea, Cortona On The Move, Fotografia Europea, and Photo España. Her works are part of different public collections (FMAV, BACO, Biblioteca Panizzi, and Palazzo Rasponi II). In 2019 she was artist-in-residence at SAM Residency Program. Zanin is represented by studiofaganel in Gorizia, IT. She is the author of I Made Them Run Away published by SKINNERBOOX (2021), and Older Than Love a self-published publication about the homonymous multimedia installation.

Solo Shows

2021 Older Than Love, IIC Abu Dhabi, Fann À Porter, Dubai, UAE
2021 I Made Them Run Away, Spazio Labò, Bologna, IT
2021 I Made Them Run Away, Photo Open Up, Padova, IT
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 Shows

2022 Eyes on Tomorrow. Giovane Fotografia Italiana nel Mondo, IIC Melbourne, AU
2022 AXIS-SAM Residency Program, Fonderia 20.9, Verona, IT
2022 Take Care of Yourself, Casa della Musica, Cervignano del Friuli, IT
2021 Older Than Love, Nuove Acquisizioni – Cantica21, FMAV – Fondazione Modena Arti Visive, Modena, IT
2021 I Made Them Run Away, Kranj Foto Fest, Kranj, SLO
2021 MULTIPLICITY, Images Gibellina, Gibellina, IT (screening)
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. Italian Contemporary Art Everywhere (winner)
2020 Premio Francesco Fabbri (finalist)
2020 PHmuseum Photography Grant (finalist)
2020 Giovane Fotografia Italiana (finalist)
2020 C/O Berlin Talent Award 2020 (nomination)
2019 Foam Paul Huf Award 2019 (nomination)
2018 Fiebre Dummy Award (finalist)
2017 Photo Workshop New York Scholarship (winner)
2017 Riaperture Photo Festival Ferrara (winner)
2016 Foiano Fotografia Portfolio Review Prize (winner)


2021 Older Than Love, Self-published
2021 I Made Them Run Away, SKINNERBOOX

Publications and Interviews


2021 I Made Them Run Away, Vostok Magazine (vol.28)
2021 I Made Them Run Away, Cortona On The Move, exhibition catalogue
2021 I Made Them Run Away, Fotografia Europea, exhibition catalogue
2021 I Made Them Run Away, Camera Work, exhibition catalogue
2021 I Made Them Run Away, 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


2022 I Made Them Run Away reviewed by Odette England, photo-eye
2022 Intervista su untitleDV
2021 I libri di fotografia dell’anno, Internazionale
2021 PhMuseum’s Best Photobooks of 2021
2021 Q&A Chiara Bardelli-Nonino and Martina Zanin, Vogue Italia
2021 Ricordi che non scappano via, Internazionale
2021 C41 Questions On: Printed Narratives with Martina Zanin
2021 Metafotografia – Linguaggi di confine, Internazionale
2021 I Made Them Run Away, Yogurt Magazine
2020 New Photography – Martina Zanin, ATP Diary
2019 SAM Lessinia Residency, ATP Diary
2018 I Made Them Run Away, Der Greif
2018 I Made Them Run Away, laRepubblica.it
2016 Interview Martina Zanin, FrizziFrizzi


2022 LECTURE – Master di I livello in ARCHIVI FOTOGRAFICI, University of Trieste, IT
2021 BOOK PRESENTATION – I Made Them Run Away at studiofaganel, Gorizia, IT
2021 LECTURE – Spazio Labo’, Bologna, IT
2021 BOOK PRESENTATION – 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 BOOK PRESENTATION – 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


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


2019 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, SP
2017 Workshop with Phillip Toledano, Pratt Institute, New York, US
2013/16 BA with Honors in Photography, ISFCI, Rome, IT