I Made Them Run Away is a multi-layered story weaving together family images and photographs with texts written by the artist’s mother. It brings together memories from the past and feelings of the present to investigate the dynamics of relationships – the need for attention, the expectations that cause disillusionment, insecurity and judgment. Shifting between the different points of view, Zanin depicts the recurring complicated triangle relationship between she, her mother and the “man”, not constant, mostly represented as an absence in the work.
Publisher: Skinnerboox 2021
Fantasizing about a man she was never able to have, the artist’s mother wrote her thoughts and desires in a diary entitled Letters to a man I have never had. The poetical and wistful writing, clash with the torn family images, of which her mother has preserved only her figure, or the one of the daughter, tearing off all her exboyfriends, creating objects saturated with anger and loneliness. Every other picture is the artist’s inner reconstruction and expression of past feelings and sensations that become apparent in the present.
I Made Them Run Away is a dialogue between a mother and a daughter in two different moments in time, exploring the transition of feelings within a relationship, such as compassion and anger, love and hate, and a reflection on the influence of the past in present and future relations. The project gives shape to motherhood in a different acceptation, and to girlhood, making room for those feelings which are often denied to girls and women, such as anger, disgust, grief, and power.
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Book Specs: I Made Them Run Away by Martina Zanin published by Skinnerboox September 2021 | Designed by Martina Zanin & Melissa Pallini | Edition of 800 copies | Softcover Otabind | 16.5×23.5 cm | 132 pages | ISBN 978-88-94895-50-6 | 30,00 €. Available here.
Martina Zanin (b.1994) is a visual artist born in San Daniele del Friuli. She graduated with honors in Photography from Istituto Superiore di Fotografia in Rome and received a Master’s degree in Contemporary Photography at Istituto Europeo di Design in Madrid.
Her artistic practice, linked to her personal experiences, addresses different themes among which memory, relationships, and emotions are central. She uses photography often associated with other media, such as text, archive material, video, and sound. Books: 2021 Older Than Love, Self-published 2021; Made Them Run Away, Skinnerboox 2021.