Martina Stella

born 1992 in Trieste, Italy

Contact: ems.stella@gmail.com

Photo credits: © Caroline Culca

Martina Stella, born in Trieste (Italy) in 1992, lives and works in Paris.

Graduated in Photography and contemporary art at Paris 8 University, she is currently working as an audio- visual artist and technician. She is specialized in video projection techniques: Video mapping as a symbolic form has been the subject of her master’s researches, in which esthetic theory comes with solid technical knowledge and practical artistic research.

In her work, drawing is the first step of the image conception and evolution in space. Martina practice is founded on a back-and-forth movement, where in-betweenness state and interdependence relationships play a fundamental role. Her attention is drawn towards what takes places between the drawing and the support, between the image and the environment. She reflects on the untold and the unspeakable, stating an impossibility which is also claimed. In her practice of asemic writing, abstract calligraphy, signs are un- readable yet charged of meaning: between writing and drawing, the limits of the image relate to the limits of language. The written sign is the fundamental unit, the actual medium to question our relation to time and space.


2019 Master Degree in Photography and Contemporary Art, Université Paris 8

2017 Bachelor’s Degree in Photography and Contemporary Art, Université Paris 8

2015 Bachelor’s Degree in Languages and foreign literatures, Università degli Studi di Trieste

Exhibitions and Performances


(current) L’Orizzonte negativo: 1st price winner in See the sea change international call
Robotics, Arte e robotica, Gruppo 78 in collaboration with OGS, Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e Geofisica Sperimentale at Museo d’Arte Moderna Ugo Carrà, Muggia (TS), 2020 Link to the project website

(postponed) Matter of Time International Art Exhibition Project, 09.04 to 11.04.2020 in Ennejma Ezzahra in Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia Link to the project website

Collective exhibition – Scrivere Disegnando, 29.01 to 23.08.2020 in
Centre d’Art Contemporain de Genève, Switzerland, Link to the CAC Genève website


Collective exhibition Scritture Asemiche, Libri d’artista dalla collezione dell’Accademia delle Belle Arti di Palermo, 02.12.2019 to 15.01.2020, Palermo, Sicily, Link to the website

Media Art Festival Friesland, Young Master’s selection, 22.11.2019 to 08.12.2019 à Leeuwarden, NL Link to the Festival’s website

SeeDjerba, Media Art Biennal, 19.08 au 29.08 Young Masters Residence program 29.08 au 03.09.2019 Festival, Houmt Souk, Djerba with the support of iPortunus Creative Europe – Link to the Festival’s website

Dal Dorso Mondo, Performance video mapping live, 06.06.2019, Amphithéâtre X de l’Université Paris 8 Vincennes Saint Denis. Avec: Gabriele Stera (voix et musique), Jérémy Zaouati (guitare électrique), Franziska Baur (violon), Martina Stella (projections mapping vidéo live).


Dorso Mondo, Performance video mapping live, 15.12.2018, Trieste Contemporanea, Trieste, Avec: Gabriele Stera (voix et musique)

Exposition CONCRETA – Festapoesia, 19.04 to 05.05.2018 Accademia d’Ungheria, Roma


Exposition collective Déambulation urbaine, 06.06.2017, Centre Altissimo de Metz

Exposition personnelle Horizons. 05.2017, Galerie la Confrérire, 15 rue Paul Albert, 75018, Paris. 2016

Exposition individuelle Framents. 02 and 03.2016, Verre Taquin, 22 rue Juliette Dodu, 75010


Exposition collective Inventaire, 04.07 to 29.08.2015 Galerie Mémoire de l’Avenir, 45/47 rue Ramponeau, 75020, Paris


Article – Published on Utsanga magazine: Parole al vento Link to the article

Article: Asemic writing: a short anthology. Link to the article

Article: Le mapping vidéo: une nouvelle forme symbolique? En cours de publication. ISTE Editions, mai 2019. Article présenté dans le cadre de la conférénce What is video mapping?, au séminaire Image Beyond the Screen International Conference, Vidéo Mapping Festival, Arenberg, 28.03.2019 Link to ISTE Edition

Illustrations: Dorso Mondo, Livre avec CD, Editions Squilibri, Rome, février 2019. Textes de Gabriele Stera; Musique de Franziska Baur, Gabriele Stera, Jérémy Zaouati; Illustrations de Martina Stella

Conferences and Workshops

05.04.2020 (postponed) WWWP Workshop, Women working with projection workshop – project developed with curator Bettina Pelz, Image Beyond the Screen International Conference, European Vidéo Mapping Center, Lille

14/15.10.2019 I-Portunus Policy Recommendations Workshop, Supporting Cultural Mobility, Brussels

28.03.2019 What is video mapping?, Image Beyond the Screen International Conference, Vidéo Mapping Festival, Arenberg