Giovane Fotografia Italiana #08



curated by Ilaria Campioli and Daniele De Luigi

Works by Domenico Camarda, Irene Fenara, Alisa Martynova, Francesco Pili, Vaste Programme (Leonardo Magrelli, Alessandro Tini, Giulia Vigna), Martina Zanin, Elena Zottola


The eighth edition of Giovane Fotografia Italiana, entitled Reconstruction, explores the ways in which artists can combine photography and imagination to attempt a more authentic understanding of reality, by breaking down and reassembling information and knowledge. They demonstrate that photography is able to take part to the cognitive process not only by by representing reality that can be observed through the eyes, but also, from that standpoint, by reconstructing reality in its multiple dimensions through imagination.


With Liquido, Domenico Camarda reflects on the concept of identity which, like reality itself, has multiplied, expanded, leaving space for a world that is undefined, where invariability is replaced by a variety of possible forms.

Irene Fenara with Three Thousand Tigers highlights how technology changes the perception of the world. Starting from images of a tiger, an animal in danger of extinction but over-represented in our imagination, she creates new images by use of an algorithm that underlines the distance between us and reality.

Nowhere Near by Alisa Martynova attempts to rebuild the imagination of those who have decided to leave their homeland and what remains of their dream of a different life once migrants have reached their destination, exploring their inner world.

Francesca Pili with #Abruxaus denounces with bitter irony the plague of arson that afflict Sardinia as well as many other areas of the planet, offering a reflection on the controversial relationship between man and nature, subjected to the logic of consumerism.

With The Long Way Home of Ivan Putnik, Truck Driver, the Vaste Programme collective (Leonardo Magrelli, Alessandro Tini, Giulia Vigna) investigates the mechanisms and the role of images by presenting the photographic archive of an imaginary character who drives across Siberia on a truck, giving life to a narration crossing the classic genres of photo album, travel diary and verofiction, through images and memories carefully selected by the authors.

I Made Them Run Away by Martina Zanin is a multi-level story that investigates through images and correspondence letters the dynamics of modern relationships, focusing on themes such as love, fantasy, illusion, identity.

The Creation of the World Is an Ordinary Day by Elena Zottola is a work-performance conceived in Estonia and materialized in the artist’s postcard. Inspired by an ancient Baltic tale on the origin of the world, this photographic project is the mean for the formulation of a new multicultural and collective tale, devoid of any language barrier, form or content.


Promoters: Municipality of Reggio Emilia with the Municipality of Cortona


In collaboration with GAI – Association for the Circuit of Young Italian Artists, the European Photography Festival, Circulation(s). Festival de la jeune photographie europèenne in Paris; the Photoworks Festival in Brighton; the Panoràmic Festival in Granollers, Barcelona, the Cortona On The Move Festival.


Co-financed by the Presidency of the Council of Ministers – Department for Youth Policies and the Universal Civil Service with ANCI National Association of Municipalities of Italy.


With the contribution of the Emilia-Romagna Region (as part of “Emilia 2020-2021″) and Reire s.r.l.


Domenico Camarda (La Spezia, IT, 1990) studied communications at the University of Bologna and photography and visual design at Milan’s NABA – New Academy of Arts.

In autumn 2014, he moved to Lisbon where he began to work for the publisher Pierre Von Kleist Editions and the Pedro Alfacinha gallery. This experience gave him the chance to develop his interest in author photography and art publishing.

In 2015 he moved to London to work for the photographer Amelia Troubridge as her assistant, editing and designing the layouts for her most recent publications.

He currently lives in Turin where he works in a freelance capacity. Camarda’s artistic practice explores themes such as the construction of individual identity, reflecting on what it means to be contemporary in today’s world. Creating a series of evocative and dream-like images, Camarda seeks to raise questions and provoke contemplation rather than give simple responses.

His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and he was chosen in 2019 by CAMERA – Centro Italiano per la Fotografia for the second round of the Futures – European Photography Platform project.

Irene Fenara (Bologna, 1990) studied Sculpture and Visual Arts at the Bologna Academy of Arts. She has been selected as a finalist for a variety of prizes including the ING Unseen Talent Award, Amsterdam 2019; the Premio Cairo, Milano 2019; and the Premio San Fedele, Milano 2017. In 2019 she won the contemporary Photography Section of the Francesco Fabbri Prize for Contemporary Arts, Pieve di Soligo. Residencies she has held include The Blank Residency, Bergamo 2017; the Q-Rated residency, Castello di Rivoli 2018; the CAMERA Futures – European Photography Platform, Turin 2019.

Her work has been exhibited in shows such as Metafotografia. Dentro e oltre il medium nell’arte contemporanea, curated by Mauro Zanchi and Sara Benaglia for the BACO gallery in Bergamo in 2019; AROUND ME. Traces of Presence in Biopolscapes curated by Carlo Sala for the Fondazione Francesco Fabbri in Treviso in 2018; That’s IT! Sull’ultima generazione di artisti in Italia e a un metro e ottanta dal confine, curated by Lorenzo Balbi for the MAMbo in Bologna in 2018; L’altro sguardo. Fotografe italiane 1965 – 2018 curated by Raffaella Perna for the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome in 2018; Essere politico curated by Filippo Maggia for the Fondazione Fotografia Modena in 2017; Give Me Yesterday, curated by Francesco Zanot for the Fondazione Prada Osservatorio in Milan 2016; La Disfatta dell’Immagine, curated by Carlo Sala for TRA, Treviso 2016. Her own shows have included Distant Eyes curated by Christiane Rekade for the Kunst Merano Arte in 2019; Blinds and other Cloudings, curated by UNA for the Spazio Leonardo in Milan 2018; Supervision, curated by Mauro Zanchi for BACO in Bergamo 2018; and Le interne differenze for P420, Bologna 2017.

Since 2012 Fenara has held a scholarship at the Fondazione Collegio Artistico Venturoli in Bologna where she has her studio.

Alisa Martynova (Orenburg, Russia, 1994) After finishing her studies in Foreign Philology in her home country, in 2019 Alisa Martynova graduates from a professional photography three year program at Fondazione Studio Marangoni in Florence, Italy. During her studies she’s been an assistant for a photography collective Riverboom.

In 2018 she is presenting her work at Leica Story, in 2019 she becomes the winner of the photography category of Premio Combat Prize and the second place winner of Premio Canon Giovani Fotografi, later she projects her work at the opening night of Les Rencontres d’Arles. In autumn 2019 she is shortlisted among the finalists of Photolux Award 2019 and PH museum Women Photographers Grant and as a winner of Zine Tonic Book Award.

In 2020 she becomes a nominee for Leica Oscar Barnack Newcomers Award and her work on quarantine “Sleeping Pill” is selected for The World Within show in Brussels. She is now a fellow member of a photography agency Parallelo Zero.

She lives and works in Florence, Italy.

Francesca Pili (Benevento, Italy, 1986) studied Painting at the Academy of Fine Art in Bologna and she earned a master’s degree in photojournalism in Naples.

She has participated in various group exhibitions including: What’s Going on To the Ladies Parlour, Magazzini Fotografici (NA); BìFoto fest Festival Internazionale Della Fotografia in Sardegna (OR); Eneganart Contest Indifferenza (FI).

In 2019 #ABRUXAUS was published by the french daily newspaper Libération. Her current research interest and her art work are inspired by environmental issues and dynamics.

Vaste Programme is an artistic trio born from the encounter in 2017 between Giulia Vigna (1992), Leonardo Magrelli (1989) and Alessandro Tini (1988). Their research focuses on post-photography and new media. Materials and objects that belongs to the most common everyday life and to which we seldom pay attention to, are used and combined with the adoption and re-circulation of found images, to reveal unforeseen aspects and new meanings.

Martina Zanin (San Daniele del Friuli, Italy, 1994) is a visual artist.

She took a diploma in photography from the ISFCI in Rome and a master’s in contemporary photography from the IED Madrid. She has also studied plastic arts at the Scuola Nicola Zabaglia in Rome. In 2018 she won a Lucie Foundation Scholarship, the Cortona On the Move New Visions prize and the Fiebre Dummy Award with the work I Made Them Run Away. The same piece was exhibited in 2018 at the Jest in Turin and in 2019 by Leporello in Rome. Zanin was nominated for the 2019 Foam Paul Huf Award and for the 2020 C/O Berlin Talent Award. In 2019 she took part in the artist residency SAM Lessinia. Her work has been published in Unseen Magazine, YET Magazine, Der Greif, and Internazionale. Zanin’s artistic practice is intimately tied to her personal experiences and tackles themes such as memory, relationships, and identity. The book format is central to her work. She uses photography in conjunction with other media, creating a multi-layered narrative within which narrative spaces and perceptions become intertwined.

Elena Zottola (Maratea, Italy, 1995) After finishing a degree in art at the Paolo Toschi Institute of Art in Parma, Zottola moved to Naples where she took a degree in anthropology of heritage. Here she also undertook multidisciplinary studies at Davide Lodice’s Elementary School of Theatre, where she became interested in photography.

In 2018 she had the chance to study abroad at the photography and contemporary arts department of the Estonia Academy of Arts in Tallinn, which allowed her to combine her university training with her passion for photography. Here she created the opera-performance The Creation of The World Is An Ordinary Day, under the supervision of Camille Laurelli as part of the Rivista project.

In 2019 she returned to Naples and is currently studying at the Centro di Fotografia Indipendente. In collaboration with the Centre she has created her second photographic series titled Prosféro which has attracted significant attention.

Zottola is continuing her postgraduate studies in anthropology with the intention of being able to use academic study to enrich the content of her photographic practice.


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