Ilaria Turba

Ilaria Turba, photo by J. Backhaus

I look for failures in our common gaze. To me, images are an opportunity to go beyond what we see and what we think we know…

– Ilaria Turba

Ilaria Turba is a visual artist using photography, video and animation as privileged media for the creation of works, installations, site specific projects and communication projects. Her works are the result of a peculiar practice that interweaves visual experimentation with other disciplines: social sciences, performing arts and oral history, often in collaboration with other artists, craftsmen and professionals.

Her work deals with identity and collective imagination, relationship between present and memory through objects, photographs, stories and places. Her projects have been presented in museums, theatres and festivals in Italy and abroad: Centre Pompidou, Paris (FR); Castello di Rivoli, Turin (I); Brooklyn Children’s Museum, New York (US); Museo della Triennale, Milan (I); Museo Fotografia Contemporanea, Milan (I); Museo Diffuso della Resistenza, Turin (I); m.a.x. museum, Chiasso (CH); Festival Filosofia di Modena (I); Festival Videoformes, Clermont-Ferrand (FR); Festival Fotografia Europea, Reggio Emilia (I).

Her first monograph JEST was released 2016 by Berlin-based imprint Peperoni Books and has been featured in “How We See: Photobooks by Women”, book edited by 10×10 Photobooks (NYC, US) – nominated for the 2019 Photo-Aperture Photobook Awards. JEST was presented as a solo exhibition in January 2018 at the museum Atelier in Nantes (FR).

Ilaria Turba is associated artist at Le ZEF, Marseille’s national theatre since September 2018. Her interdisciplinary project “Le désir de regarder loin”, dealing with the places and the communities of the northern districts of Marseille, has been selected for MANIFESTA13 and will be exhibited at the MUCEM Museum in Marseille in June 2021.

JEST will be exhibited in Milan at Casa Testori in fall 2020 – curated by Giulia Zorzi.

Turba won the Italian Council Awardfor the exhibition Le désir de regarder loin produced by LE ZEF – scène nationale de Marseille, opening at Mucem, museum in Marseille, in June 2021

Her books here
Her website here


Le Desir de Regarder Loin
June 16th  – September 25th 2021
In the program of Les Rencontres de la Photographie (Arles)
MUCEM, Marsiglia

Ilaria Turba and Fatima Bianchi
October 2020
Casa Testori, Novate Milanese (MI)
curated by Giulia Zorzi

20 January – 11 February 2018
l’Atelier, Espace dédié à l’art contemporain Nantes (FR)
exhibition text by Giulia Zorzi

Book installation and performance
22-25 March 2017
Micamera, Milan (I)

FROM BELOW, children looking at photography
Michael Kenna and Ilaria Turba
13 February – 29 March 2008
Micamera, Milan (I)

DARE FACCIA (Gei mianzi)
Sesto San Giovanni, Milan (I)
February 2005
with Daniele Cologna / CODICI and Giulia Zorzi

Artist talks

Cineserie: artist talk by Ilaria Turba and Jacopo Benassi
6 June 2018
Frigoriferi Milanesi, Milan (I)

Archive Fever
with Ilaria Turba, Alessandra Piolotto and Lorenzo Tricoli
6 December 2016
PAC – Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan (I)

Some artworks. Please contact us for further information.