This is the first chapter of a collaboration project with Theodor Schmidt, a collector and dealer of historical diaries. The project, inspired by his activity and the fascinating hand-written diaries and letters in his collection, turns into a reflection on the evocative and visual power of words. Small-sized letters with a red seal and no address, delivered by an undercover messenger and written in minute writing. Such are the love letters exchanged between the solicitor Anton Moser from Monaco and his beloved Mathilde Althamer from Sulzbach, between 1859 and 1862. Words cut out by hand from the texts have been contact printed as photo frames on a black background in a series of photographic posters. The only image is the white silhouette of a dried flower found among the letters.

Project presented in Giovane Fotografia Italiana #03 | SEEING


(Florence, IT, 1981)

Martina Della Valle works with images and photography. Her artistic research moves from the basics of photographic technique, and develops through various media taking different forms according to the places or the stories in which it grows; from b/w photographic printing to site-specific installation, from video to drawing.

She graduated at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan, Italy.

Her artistic work has been shown on several occasions in Italy and abroad.
In 2007 she was selected for the Corso Superiore di Arti Visive at Fondazione Ratti in Como and she was offered a two month residency program in Paris by the DENA Foundation, at Centre des Recollets. She was invited in 2009 at Onomichi University to a one month residency in AirOnomichi (Japan).

She has spent in 2014 one month in Paris at the residency program of Istituto Italiano di Cultura.

She currently lives and works in Berlin.