Ilaria Turba is a visual artist

working mainly with photography, video and animation to create artworks, installations, site-specific projects and community art projects. Her works are the result of a personal experience that intertwines visual experimentation with other disciplines: social sciences, performative art, oral history and very often the result of a collaboration with other artists, artisans and professionals.


Ilaria Turba’s projects include workshops and/or collective processes, during the time of the creation or diffusion of her artworks, aimed at a generic audience or targeting specific groups.

Over the last few years, she has often worked with kids and teenagers.

Her main areas of interest are: identity and collective imagery, the relationship between present and past, through objects, images, stories and places.


JEST is her first photobook and was released at the end of 2016 by the Berlin-based publisher Peperoni Books. JEST was selected in “How We See: Photobooks by Women” a book and a reading room created by 10×10 Photobooks (NY), launched in October 2018 at The New York Public Library and mentioned for 2019 Photo-Aperture Photobook Awards.

In January 2018 the first solo exhibition of JEST was presented at the espace for contemporary art of Nantes « l’Atelier » (FR) with the support of the City of Nantes and CCNN the National Choreographic Centre of Nantes.


Artist in residence at the national theatre ZEF  in Marseille since September 2018. Her project, called “Le désir de regarder loin” relates to the places and the people of Marseille’s northern district and will be exhibited at Mucem Museum in June 2021. The exhibition is part of the Grand Arles Express – Les Rencontres internationales  de la photographie Arles 2021.


A chapter of the project was selected for Manifesta13 Les Parallèles du Sud , the Nomadic Biennal of Contemporary Art.



In 2020 she won the Italian Council, prize promoted by of the Italian Ministry for Heritage, Cultural Activities and Tourism.


She presents her works

Institution and Museums 

Centre Pompidou, Paris, (FR); Castello di Rivoli, Turin (I); Brooklyn Children’s Museum, New York (US); Le Cent Quatre Paris (FR), Espace for contemporary art “Atelier” Ville de Nantes (FR), Museo della Triennale, Milan (I); Museo Archeologico, Naples (I); Museo Fotografia Contemporanea, Milan (I); PAC-Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan (I); Museo Diffuso della Resistenza, Turin (I); m.a.x. museo, Chiasso (CH); Museo d’arte di Mendrisio, Mendrisio (CH); Casa Testori, Milan (I).

Festivals and Theatres 

Festival Trajectoires, Nantes (FRA), Festival Videoformes, Clermont-Ferrand (FR); Théâtre Louis Aragon – Tremblay-en-France, Paris (FR); Deux Scènes – Scène Nationale de Besançon (FR), Festival Filosofia di Modena, Modena (I); Festival Fotografia Europea, Reggio Emilia (I); Teatro Litta, Milan (I), Css Friuli Venezia Giulia (I); Festival Orestiadi, Gibellina (I), Festival Castellinaria, Bellinzona (CH), Festival Animac, Catalunya (ES), Festival In Teatro, Ancona (I), Giffoni Film Festival (I)


Fondazione Giovanni Agnelli (I), Amnesty International Italia, Kessels Krammer (NL), Centre Chorégraphique National de Nantes (F), Fondazione Vico Magistretti (I), RSI (swiss broadcasting network), Fondazione Pro- helvetia (CH), Fondazione Dalmine / Tenaris , UNASAM (I), Micamera (I)

Prizes and artistic supports

2020 Italian Council MiBACT  (Italian Ministry of Culture)  –  2018-21 associated artist at Le ZEF Scène Nationale de Marseille   –    2019 I-portunus, Creative Europe (UE),     ­2011 prize Fondation Varenne, Festival Videoformes;    2010 prize MOVIN UP – Gai MiBAC (Italian Ministry of Culture);     2007  prize Cinema d’autore, DECS ( Swiss-Italian Department of Culture).