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 seek to activate the mind of the viewer giving more space to develop its own story, to identify with them 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.



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 in Rome, and holds a MA in Contemporary Photography from IED, Madrid. She also studied Plastic Arts at Scuola Nicola Zabaglia and Creative Writing at Scuola Omero, in Rome.
Zanin has been nominated for the Foam Paul Huf Award 2019 and for the C/O Berlin Talent Award 2020. She has been shortlisted for several awards and grants, among them: Lucie Foundation Scholarship, Fiebre Dummy Award, ArtPhilein Photobook Contest and is among the finalist of Giovane Fotografia Italiana 2020.
Her work I Made Them Run Away has been exhibited in three solo shows at a national and international level, 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 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.


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 Shows

2021 RECONSTRUCTION – Giovane Fotografia Italiana, Fotografia Europea, Reggio Emilia, IT
2020 AXIS – SAM Residency Program, Fonderia 20.9, Verona, 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 Shows

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


2020 Shortlisted PHmuseum Photography Grant
2020 Shortlisted ArtPhilein Photobook Contest
2020 Finalist 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 Finalist NEW VISIONS Cortona On The Move
2018 Shortlisted Lucie Foundation Fine Art Scholarship
2017 Special Award Emerging Artist Biennale MArteLive
2017 Winner Photo Workshop New York Scholarship
2017 Second Place Winner Riaperture Photo Festival Ferrara
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 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