Drowned in Venice is a documentary duo covering problems of our age.

Ariadna Garcia Chas has a background in Art, Cinema and Journalism. While she was at college studying Cinema & Media (USC), at the same time she was working as a volunteer in the Contemporary Art Gallery TRINTA (Santiago de Compostela, Spain) where she could meet and work side by side with other young artists and also very representative figures from all over Europe such as Eva Lootz, Esther Ferrer, Isidoro Valcárcel Medina, Evru/Zush, Gilbert Garcin, Alicia Martín or Teo Soriano. At that time she was starting her career as artist herself, mostly through video and installation. Made her first colective exhibition in 2010 in Miranda de Ebro (Burgos) where she was awarded as Best Young Artist REAJ (2010-2011) and selected to represent the organization in different exhibitions around Spain.

After getting her degree she became part of the production design crew of the Spanish audiovisual company Ficción Producciones, S.L. and worked developing projects both for television and cinema. With titles like Escoba! (dir. Álex Sampayo), A Casa da Conexa (Xosé A. Touriñan & Marcos Pereira), or Schimbare (dir. Álex Sampayo).

For the last four years Ariadna has combined the love for art and design with her current job in news for the national TV Channel La Sexta (Spain). During that period of time she has worked reporting from different places in Spain located mainly in the northwestern area of the country and also Portugal. She started working as international freelancer in the beginning of 2016 following the refugee crisis in Europe where she met her now collegue (workmate), the photographer Martin Trabalik.

Her last individual exhibition was hosted in November of 2017 in the Museum of Modern Art of Yerevan (Armenia). By the name of Step behind the line she created a series of video projections and light installations dealing with the topic of closed borders and the role of women in war times. This topic is now in the verge to become their (her and Martin’s) first feature lenght documentary set in the disputed territory of Nagorno Karabakh.


Martin Trabalik is a Czech photographer and cameraman based in Prague. In his work, he focuses on social and humanitarian issues. He studied Humanities at Charles University in Prague and also spent two years in Kokusai Budo Daigaku in Japan. After his return to Prague, he worked for Czech NGO Nautis. In January 2016 he left to volunteer in European Refugee Crisis on the island of Lesbos. He spent half a year in Greece and Balkans, becoming interested in photography in the process. Since then he has worked on several projects in Armenia, Poland, Ukraine, Bangladesh and other countries.

Martin frequently works with Spanish reporter Ariadna Garcia Chas with whom they form documentary duo Drowned in Venice. In 2018 they produced and filmed documentary series Beyond Catalonia about independentist movements in 12 regions of Europe. Martin also cooperates with Czech documentary channel Voxpot.

In the year 2018, he was awarded Czech Press Photo price in the category Problems of our age for covering Rohingya’s expulsion into Bangladesh.

  • Photography / Videography
  • Photo / Video Editing
  • Web Development
  • Writing


  • Native Czech
  • Fluent English
  • Basics of French, Spanish, Russian and Japanese

First Aid


Camera: Panasonic GH5s

Lenses: Panasonic 14-140

Drone: Dji Mavic PRO

Additional Equipment: Sennheiser MKH-416, Rode Videomic Pro, Zoom H5, Tripod, Steadycam

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