Alisa Martynova


‘The mind of the man who dreams is fully satisfied by what happens to him. The agonizing question of possibility is no longer pertinent. Fly faster, love as much as you wish. Let yourself be carried along, events will not tolerate your interference. You are nameless. The ease of everything is priceless.’

                                                            Manifesto of Surrealism by André Breton (1924)

According to various researches during the period of the quarantine our dreams became more vivid, colourful and even more surreal and incomprehensible than usual. We were forced to move less physically while our minds would work double trying to elaborate the extraordinary situation we found ourselves in. A few days after the beginning of the confinement I’ve found out that my personal dreams and the dreams of people close to me got more elaborate and full of details. It seemed to be living in the parallel universe travelling elsewhere with the mind. My sweetheart kept a journal of our days in lockdown, so at some point I decided to bring things together and make an imagery sleep journal, trying to keep track of our emotions and time while going through that seemingly endless space. Now when the situation is calming down I feel that it was an opportunity to look inward and to reconnect with ourselves, our past and present, dreams being a representation of the infinite resource of our minds. It was an opportunity to follow the example of a French poet San-Pol-Roux who, every night when he went to sleep, would attach to his door a sign: ‘Poet is working’. 


Alisa Martynova born in 1994, originally from Orenburg, Russia. After finishing her studies in Foreign Philology in her home country, in 2019 she graduates from a professional photography three year program at Fondazione Studio Marangoni in Florence, Italy. During her studies she’s been an assistant for a photography collective Riverboom. 

In 2018 she is presenting her work at Leica Story, in 2019 she becomes the winner of the photography category of Premio Combat Prize and the second place winner of Premio Canon Giovani Fotografi, later she projects her work at the opening night of Les Rencontres d’Arles. In autumn 2019 she is shortlisted among the finalists of Photolux Award 2019 and PH museum Women Photographers Grant and as a winner of Zine Tonic Book Award.

In 2020 she becomes a nominee for Leica Oscar Barnack Newcomers Award and in 2021 she becomes a winner of Portraits Series category of World Press Photo Contest and her work is exhibited during festivals such as PhotoBrussels 05, Giovane Fotografia Italiana and Planches Contact. Her work is published by Internazionale and Leica Fotografie International.

Martynova works as a freelance photographer and at the moment is a fellow

member of the photography agency Parallelo Zero.

Lives and works in Florence, Italy.