Older Than Love: Martina Zanin

16 November - 5 December 2021

Fann Á Porter and The Workshop Dubai in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute in Abu Dhabi are pleased to announce Older Than Love, an exhibition by celebrated Italian photographer Martina Zanin presented by Cantica21 - Italian Contemporary Art Everywhere. 

About the exhibition


Opening to the public on 16 November at Fann Á Porter, gallery space at The Workshop Dubai, Older Than Love is a thought-provoking multimedia art installation that invites visitors to a cultural discourse between Italy and the UAE. 

The work is based on memory, emotions, and artist Martina Zanin’s personal archives that provide metaphorical and poetic expressions when comparing man and falcon.  Alongside this exhibition are works by Emirati artist Fatma Lootah which offer a unified narrative from the Emirati perspective. Both pay direct homage to falconry, a foundational part of UAE’s heritage and culture, featuring engaging audios, videos and photographs.
Older Than Love  by Martina Zanin is among the 45 se­lected projects by Cantica21. Italian Contemporary Art Everywhere, an initiative by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MA­ECI) – General Directorate for the Promotion of the Country System and by the Ministry of Culture (MiC) – General Directorate for Contemporary Creativities, to promote Italian contemporary art around the world. The work is on loan from the permanent collection of the Fondazione Modena Arti Visive in Modena, Italy.


The exhibition will be open from 16 November to 5 December 2021 in Fann Á Porter, gallery space at The Workshop Dubai, located at Villa 45 - St. 23b - Al Wasl Rd opposite Box Park - Jumeirah 2, Dubai, U.A.E.


About Martina Zanin


Martina Zanin (b.1994) is a visual artist born in San Daniele del Friuli.  She graduates with honors in Photography from Istituto Superiore di Fotografia in Rome and received a Master’s in Contemporary Photography at Istituto Europeo di Design in Madrid.


Her artistic practice, linked to her personal experiences, addresses different themes among which memory, relationships, and emotions are central. She uses photography often associated with other media, such as text, archive material, video, and sound, thus creating multi-layered narratives within which narrative spaces and perceptions intertwine. Her photographic, visual language is characterized by a poetic expression. Zanin selects overlays and/or sequences images following a structure in which they speak to each other, determining visual and dynamic associations in an attempt to go beyond what is visible. 


Zanin is the author of I Made Them Run Away published by SKINNERBOOX (2021). She is the winner of Camera Work 2021, Images Gibellina, and Cantica21 supported by MAECI and MiC. She has been nominated for the Foam Paul Huf Award 2019 and the C/O Berlin Talent Award 2020, and she is among the finalist of Giovane Fotografia Italiana #8, Luma Rencontres Dummy Book Award, and Premio Francesco Fabbri 2020. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in institutions, galleries, festivals, and non-profit spaces at the European level. In 2019 she was an artist-in-residence at SAM Residency Program. Zanin is represented by Studio Faganel, Gorizia, IT. 

About the Italian Cultural Institute in Abu Dhabi

A body of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI), the Italian Cultural Institute in Abu Dhabi is responsible for spreading and promoting the Italian language, culture and arts to the wider world. As the cultural arm to the Italian Embassy in the UAE, the body strives to organize cultural, artistic and scientific initiatives to UAE’s richly diverse population - with Italy as their central theme. The Italian Cultural Institute in Abu Dhabi is one of 83 Italian Cultural Institutes (IIC) around the world which, together, promote the image of Italy and its rich culture abroad.

By acting not only as a showcase and source of current information on Italy, but also as a driving force behind initiatives and projects of cultural cooperation, the Italian Cultural Institutes have become a focal point for both the Italian communities abroad and the growing demand for Italian culture throughout the world.


About Fatma Lootah


Fatma Lootah was born in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. She studied art at Baghdad Art Academy in Iraq as well as the American University in Washington DC. She currently lives in and works as an artist in Verona, Italy.

Fatma’s early start in art was at a performance art back in 1985. Throughout her years as an artist, Fatma has both held solo exhibitions and participated in various art shows in different European and Arab Countries. Her exhibitions include ones at Meta Gallery in Bolzano, Italy (1985), Toni di Rossi Art Gallery in Verona, Italy (1986) and Rossana Chessi Art Gallery in Re, Italy (1986-1987). She also participated to Sharjah Biennial (1993), an exhibition at Bahrain Art Center (2005), Mediterranean Art Festival in Spain (2018), among other exhibitions in Geneva, Switzerland (2000), Paris, France (2001-2004), Munich, Germany (2006). Fatma also exhibited multiple times in United Arab Emirates between the years 2009 and 2019, Qatar (2015-2016), New Delhi, India (2016), Istanbul, Turkey (2017), Cairo, Egypt (2017) and New York, United States (2018). Works of Fatma can be found in Reggio Emilia Public Library in Italy as well as Francesco Conz Private Museum in Austria.

About Fann Á Porter 

Fann Á Porter is a contemporary art gallery that represents a diverse selection of emerging international and regional artists.The gallery aims to nurture the burgeoning and dynamic contemporary art scene through quality exhibitions, non-profit events, auctions, and an active community programme.Fann Á Porter has locations in Dubai, UAE and Amman, Jordan. 

The Dubai gallery is based at The Workshop, a unique inter-disciplinary community space consisting of a cafe, art gallery, sustainable store and design space, providing visitors with a diversified artistic and cultural experience.  Bathed in natural sunlight with its garden, The Workshop is located in the heart of Jumeirah in Dubai.  

Fann Á Porter Amman is located at Manara Arts & Culture, a creative hub and social space in the heart of Jabal Al Lweibdeh. 

For more information and for interviews, please contact at fann@theworkshopdubai.com.