Eyes on Tomorrow
Giovane Fotografia Italiana nel Mondo


What do our family stories say about us? What is determined by blood ties and what is the result of a psychological need? The necessity to deal with these questions is the driving force behind the works of Emanuele Camerini, Valentina D’Accardi and Martina Zanin, exploring relationships with family members who either have never been met, or are distant, or present. Their images read like a research for something difficult to explain, as silence weights in, worth a thousand words.

Emanuele Camerini


“It’s a story of the gradual acceptance of another part of the self; it is about the new, in its manifold meanings.
The images were created on a journey that was undertaken to rediscover memories connected to the artist’s father. Through family photographs and his own dreamlike images, Camerini collects fragments that shape themselves into unknown archipelagos.
To speak to his father, Camerini uses his camera, and the pictures become a whole new language, an attempt at explanation. To fully understand, one has to challenge oneself, exposing something private to the public. This story is everyone’s story, because growing up is everybody’s experience.”
(Giulia Ticozzi, This is a voyage of initiation)

Valentina D’Accardi


“Elsa M. disappeared on 11/05/1972. The same day a body was seen in the river. It travelled eight days along the Po Valley. It was recovered and identified thanks to her wedding ring. I could find the original newspapers which describe what happened in detail. I recreated the travel the corpse did before it was found and buried. I retraced that journey, exploring the same landscape her body went through fourty-five years before. I followed the river for so many days.
When I appear in the picture I always wear a white shawl. Elsa had sewn it for her daugher: my mother. Elsa M. was my grandmother.”

Martina Zanin


I Made Them Run Away is a multi-layered story weaving together archive material and photographs with texts written by the artist’s mother. It brings together past memories and present feelings to reflect on the dynamics of relationships – the need for attention, 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, represented as an absence.
The poetical writings addressed to an imaginary man, clash with the torn family images, from which her mother tore off all her ex-boyfriends 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.