Martina Zanin’s work is mainly based on her past circumstances – from the failed relationship with the father to the several relationships the mother had during her childhood. Her artistic practice deals with topics such as memory, relationships, and identity. She is attracted by the fragmentation and ambiguity of memories and its influence on the present and on the future of individuals. She is also interested in topics of scientific and zoological nature. The latest works in which she is involved deal with Astrology and Falconry, combining the latter with her personal experiences. Her father becomes a hawk in Please, don’t ever come down and Astrology turns into the starting point to analyze ambivalence within the human being with the work May My Two Again Become One. She mainly uses photography, associating it with other media, including text, archive material, drawing, and installation. This allows her to create multiple-level narratives within with narrative spaces and perceptions intertwine, experiencing various forms of language. Her way of expression is poetical, her evocative pictures want to provoke on the viewer ambivalent reactions, often choosing and sequencing following a structure, similar to a movie or a poem, the pictures talk to each other creating visual and mental connections and movements.



Martina Zanin (b.1994) is a visual artist born in San Daniele del Friuli. She holds a BA in Photography from ISFCI Academy in Rome, and an MA in Contemporary Photography from IED Madrid. She studied curatorial practice at MAXXI National Museum for Contemporary Arts and Plastic Arts at Nicola Zabaglia School in Rome. In 2018 she has been shortlisted for the Lucie Foundation Fine Art Scholarship and for the Fiebre Dummy Award with the work I Made Them Run Away. The latter has been exhibited in 2018 at JEST, Turin and in 2019 at Leporello, Rome and within other group shows within Europe. She has been nominated for the Foam Paul Huf Award 2019 and for the C/O Berlin Talent Award 2020. Zanin is represented by Studio Faganel Gallery. 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.

Group Shows

2020 AXIS – SAM Residency Program, Fonderia 20.9, Verona, IT
2020 RECONSTRUCTION – Giovane Fotografia Italiana, Fotografia Europea – Reggio Emilia, IT
2019 AXIS – SAM Residency Program, Bosco Chiesanuova, IT
2019 Sistemi, Centrale Festival 11, Fano, IT
2018 PhotoEspana, Madrid, SP
2017 SiFest OFF, Savignano Sul Rubicone, IT
2017 ISFCI, Rome, IT
2017 SpazioRaw, Milan, IT
2017 Goethe Institute, Rome, IT
2016 Palazzo Ferri, Bibbiena, IT
2015 Spazio Fontana, Palazzo Esposizioni, Rome, IT
2015 MLAC-Museo Laboratorio di Arte Contemporanea, Rome, IT

Solo Shows

2019 I Made Them Run Away, Leporello, Rome, IT
2018 I Made Them Run Away, JEST, Turin, IT


Unseen Magazine, 2019
YET magazine, 2019
Der Greif, 2019
laRepubblica.it, 2018
Internazionale, 2017
EyesOpen Magazine, 2017
FrizziFrizzi, 2016


2020 Shortlisted ArtPhilein Photobook Contest
2020 Shortlisted Giovane Fotografia Italiana Award
2020 Nominated C/O Berlin Talent Award 2020
2019 Nominated Foam Paul Huf Award 2019
2018 Shortlisted Fiebre Dummy Award
2018 Shortlisted NEW VISIONS Cortona On The Move
2018 Special Mention Portfolio Prize Fotografia Europea
2018 Shortlisted Lucie Foundation Fine Art Scholarship
2017 Special Award Emerging Artist Biennale MArteLive
2017 Shortlisted Photogrvphy Grant
2017 Winner Photo Workshop New York Scholarship
2017 Second Place Riaperture Photo Festival Ferrara
2016 First Prize winner and discovery of the year IPOTY


2019 SÅM Residency Program, Lessinia, IT