Marina Caneve


B.1988 - Italy

Marina Caneve, born in Italy, is a photographer working within an interdisciplinary approach. In her work she addresses the issues of vulnerability, the environment, society and cultural, and the construction of knowledge through the visual arts.

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In 2018, Marina won the Premio Giovane Fotografia Italiana at Fotografia Europea for her project ‘Are They Rocks or Clouds?’. Her book dummy of the project was nominated for the Unseen and La Fàbrica–Photo London awards. The work, chosen by Lesley A. Martin of Aperture, went on to win the 2018 edition of the Cortona On The Move Dummy Award. Thanks to these nominations and the success the work received, Marina published Are They Rocks or Clouds? (2019) with Fw:Books and dutch book designer, Hans Gremmen.

In 2019, she was one of the five winners of the Atlante Architettura Contemporanea commission by MiBAC and MUFOCO; this project aims to create a photographic archive of contemporary Italian architecture. The same year, Marina was one of the four winners of the iALp commission for the Museo Nazionale della Montagna, in Turin.

Marina co-founded CALAMITA/À in 2013, a research platform that includes international artists focusing on the topics of catastrophes, changes, memories and politics. The CALAMITA/Á project takes its name from the 1963 catastrophe involving the destruction of several villages in northern Italy when the water of the nearby Vajont dam overflowed as it was being filled. In 2016, she curated the publication of The Walking Mountain /CALAMITA/Á.

In 2018, Marina co-founded, with Gianpaolo Arena and the Vulcano agency, the Osservatorio Cortina 2021; an artistic research project that investigates, through the use of photography, the territory and history where the Cortina 2021 Alpine Ski World Championships are being celebrated. Marina currently teaches the Photography Master’s degree programme at the Iuva University of Venice.

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Selected works

Beautiful Bridges

Beautiful Bridges

Marina Caneve

A migration system breaking all European borders. In 2015, when at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK Den Haag) I was offered the opportunity to work on a new project for a group exhibition with the theme "Paradise", I decided to focus my research on contemporary utopias and doing this I came across the European…

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Are They Rocks or Clouds?

Are They Rocks or Clouds?

Are They Rocks or Clouds? is a multifaceted photographic project that is based on the hypothese of the occurrence of a huge hydrogeological catastrophe in the Dolomite Mountains in Italy.…

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Entre Chien et Loup

Entre Chien et Loup

Entre chien et loup is common expression used nowadays in the French language, which has existed since the 7th century in the Latin form infra horam vespertinam, inter canem et…

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The Shape of Water Vanishes in Water

The Shape of Water Vanishes in Water

In the 5th chapter of The Shape of Water Vanishes in Water the writer Taco Hidde Bakker writes “Our future looks bleak and, as always, trust and hope is placed…

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