Martina Zaninelli

Sound of Silence


My grandfather kept only a few photographs and medals from his time in the war, and his stories were usually fragmentary.


The only person he ever talked to regarding the war was my grandmother - neither my mother, nor my grandfathers siblings know much more than that he'd gone to war on the Germans' side.

Researching for documents in archives did not yield any results, since his army documents are believed to be „likely lost in the events of the war“.

In the struggle between his silence and my curiosity, he seems to have won.


With my project Sound of silence I try to break, unsuccessfully, the family taboo on World War II as a personal experience and I try to establish a dialogue between past and present.


Sound of Silence è stato realizzato con il sostegno della Provincia autonoma di Bolzano/Alto Adige - Ripartizione Cultura italiana.

Sound of Silence wurde von der Autonomen Provinz Bozen/Südtirol - Abteilung Italienische Kultur gefördert.


dienacht Special Issue / the exhibition's catalogue of "don't forget me not"


Exhibition views

TAF : theartfoundation - Athens, Greece

TAF : theartfoundation - Athens, Greece

Alte Feuerwache Friedrichshain - Berlin, Germany

Alte Feuerwache Friedrichshain - Berlin, Germany