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ALBA ZARI   ︎  ︎  ︎  ︎  ︎   



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Born in Bangkok in 1987, graduated from the DAMS in Bologna.She attended an intensive course in Documentary Photography at the International Center of Photography in New York and obtained a Master's degree in Photography and Visual Design from NABA in Milan. Zari employs the photographic medium as a tool for investigation and self-analysis, questioning its ability to function as a trace, clue, testimonial evidence, and its deceptive nature. Her seemingly rigorous and scientific approach conceals a deeply poetic interpretative capacity of themes of memory and identity.

Since childhood she led a nomadic life that brought her to live in different cities and countries. Her experience as a traveler influences and is reflected in her photographic practice, with intends to explore social themes, for example her visual studies of mental health centres since the Italian Basaglia Law and of the widespread eating disorders of the American society. 

Her recent works include Fear of Mirrors (2023-2024), Rakshasa (2023-2024) Occult (2019-2023), a visual study on the propaganda of the cult Children of God, she travelled tracing her mothers past to India, Nepal and Thailand. The Y- Research of Biological Father (2017), born out of a journey in search of her origins through the father she never knew. Places (2015), a book and a photographic project executed with ElementWo, witch deals with analysis of the visual communication of ISIS propaganda. She has released the short documentary FreiKörperKultur (2021) premiered at the Venice Film Festival- Settimana della Critica. She is working on her first documentary feature film White Lies.

With The Y she is part of the Foam Talents 2020.  Her work has been exhibited in international festivals and museums such as MAXXI, Rome, London Art Fair, Circulation Paris and Athens Photo Festival; won awards such as Backlight prize (Finland) and GraziaDei prize (Italy), Images Vevey Jury prize (Switzerland) . Her work is held in private collections and museums such as Fotomuseum Winterthur, MAXXI museum, Fondazione Orestiadi and Collezione Donata Pizzi.

She won the special jury prize at Images Vevey(Switzerland, 2022) with the work Occult, the Graziadei Prize (2021), and the second prize at the Backlight Prize (Finland, 2020). Her works are included in private collections and museums, including Fotomuseum Winterthur, MAXXI, Fondazione Orestiadi, and Collezione Donata Pizzi.




White Lies, Cannes Doc

Occult, Peckham 24 London

White Lies, Bellaria Film Festival

Fear of Mirrors, Workshop Intergalatica, project co-funded by Creative Europe, Rome

We Have The Same Eyes, 8 March- 5 May 2024 at Fondazione Modena Arti Visive 

Rakshasa, Exploring Mental Health and AI at UNITS


Residency University of Trieste, Rakshasa exhibtion for the Centenary of UNITS

Curator Far Reach exhibtion of R Gallery at Mahalla during Berlin Art Week

Gallerist manager R contemporary art gallery, Malta.

I am vertical, L'Italia è un desiderio. Fotografie, paesaggi e visioni
1842 - 2022, Le collezioni Alinari e Mufoco, Scuderie del Quirinale, Roma.

Lecture at ECAL, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Workshop Pandora Box, Lausanne, Switzerland.

The Y, Giochi di Verità, rappresentazione, ritratto, documento. Opere della Collezione Donata Pizzi, Castello Campori a Soliera, Modena- Italy.

The Y Abbcedario Fotografico. Palazzo del Monte di Pieta’, Forli -Italy.


Occult and The Y, Ncontemporary gallery, Milano

Occult, Images Vevey -jury prize Switzerland

Il vaso di Pandora, Workshop- Ragusa Fotofestival

The Y, mostra FOTOGRAFE! Fondazione Alinari, Firenze.

Occult, Chosen Family- Fotomuseum di Winterthur

The Y, Mostra FOTOGRAFE! Fondazione Alinari, Firenze.

The Y, Photolux Festival, Lucca

The Y, Festival Riaperture, Ferrara

Residenza Addis Ababa, Ethiopia all’istituto Italiano di cultura

The Y- mostra e seminario al Zoma Museum di Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Shortfilm Freikörperkultur, Trieste Film Festival

Massad, VR Biennale College Venezia.


Lecture su Occult e The Y a UWE, Bristol University.

Massad, VR workshop Biennale College.

I am Vertical, Triennale Milano- Mufoco,  Almanac of Suspension con Witty Books.

Freikörperkultur, Mostra del cinema Italiano, Barcellona.

Best National Prize, Freikörperkultur, Orivieto Cinema Fest

Freikörperkultur, La Biennale Venice International Film Critics Week. Sic@Sic. Venice.

Freikörperkultur, Orvieto Cinema Fest, International short film festival.

The Y, Eyes on tomorrow -Giovane Fotografia Italiana nel mondo- Farnesina at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Jury prize, Occult, Images Vevey

Occult, Royal Photographic Society, Bristol.

The Y, Bitume Photofest, International Festival of Contemporary Photography. Lecce.

The Y, The Families of Men  curation of Elio Grazioli and Walter Guadagnini, Museo Archeologico della Valle d’Aosta.

The Y, Foam Talent, Foam Amsterdam.

Occult, Talk Charta Festival, Rome.

The Y, Ragusa Photo Festival.

The Y, Images Gibellina, Fondazione Orestiadi

Nominee C/O Talent Award, Berlin.

Occult, Maxxi Rome.

Lecture Forma Fondazione Fotografia, Selfportrait as Myself with Simona Ghizzoni.

The Y, Zapping the archive, Odessa Photodays, Bleschunov Museum, Ucraine.

Lecture Miniclick The Y and Encounter con Silvia Rosi.

October 2020-Feburary 2021


Situations/Closure, Fotomuseum Winterthur, CH.


The Y, Foam Talent, Kühlhaus Berlin, European month of Photography.

The Y , Lecture Camera Torino- Looking for Family- Sottodiciotto FilmFestival.

The Y, Athens Photo Festival, Benaki Museum, Athens.

The Y, Organ Vida Photography Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb.

The Y, Backlight Photo Festival, Winner Second Prize, Tampere- Finland.

The Y, Festival Circulation, Paris.

Lecture per Image Makers Webinar  Photography Studies College (PSC)  Melbourne.

The Y-Occult, Special mention at Plat(t)form, Fotomuseum Winterthur (CH)

The Y, Resistance and Sensibility, collezione Donata Pizzi: Women photographers from Italy. Fotografie Forum Frankfurt.


The Y, MAXXI, Rome, Italy

The Y, Lecture  at The Royal Photographic Society, Bristol.

The , Lecture at Reclyart, Brussels.

The Y, Lecture, Micamera, Milan, Italy

The Y, Fotografario, Autori del Friuli Venezia Giulia per il CRAF

The Y, Jest fotografia. Turin, Italy

The Y, Gibellina PhotoRoad, Project Prize

The Y, Offspring Photomeet- Superstudios London

The Y, Photo50, Who is looking at Family now? London Art Fair

Occult, Looking On, Sguardi e prospettive sulla nuova fotografia Italiana. The recent scene in Italian Photography. Museo D’Arte della città di Ravenna, Osservatorio Fotografico


The Y, Self Reflection- NIDA International Photography Symposium

The Y, Winner prize GraziaDei- Maxxi Rome

The Y, Breda Photo Festival, NL

The Y, L’altro Sguardo, Italian women in Photography from 1965-2018. Palazzo Esposizioni. Rome



The Y

Biennial Jeune Creation Europeenne, Montrouge (Francia), Hjorring (Danimarca), Wroclaw (Polonia), Cesis (Lettonia), Brno (Rep. Ceca), Cluj (Romania), Figueras (Spagna), Amarante, (Portogallo)


The Y, Emerging Talent, Macro Testaccio Rome. IT

The Y, Exhibition Premio Francesco Fabbri per le arti contemporanee- arte emergente.

The Y, Festival Fotogra a Europea, Reggio Emilia (I) , Award Giovane Fotografia Italiana.

Lecture The Y, Artefiera, Bologna


Places, Offcine Fotografche Rome, Meiner Gallery London, Oberkauf Gallery, LIfe Framer Gallery, Paris (FR)

Places, XIV FOTOGRAFIA international festival Macro, Roma (I)


Places, Dummy shortlisted e mostra a PHOTOLUX, Self- publishing award, Lucca(I)

Places Il tempo delle donne-Corriere della sera, Triennale di Milano (I)

Places, Just another Photofestival Dehli (India)

Places, 11th -20th September Malmö Fotobiennal, Sweden (SWE)

Trompe l’oeil collective exhibition Master NABA con il progetto

See and not See a FORMA Foundation for Photography, curata da Francesco Zanot e Luca Andreoni.



Circle Women DOC Accelerator (White Lies)


EuroDoc – ReAct Section– Novi Sad: Workshop development of documentaries- feature films (White Lies)


Residenza a Fabrica, Benetton centro di comunicazione e ricerca visiva. Treviso, Italy


Master in Fotografia e Visual Design 110 CUM LAUDE at Naba Nuova accademia belle arti Milano


Documentary Photography course at International Center of Photography in New York


Laurea BA al Dams Cinema, Lettere e Filosofia-  Thesis on the photographic history of the Mental Illness after Basaglia law.