Julia Zaremba was born in Rome, Italy, in 1985. By the time she was 12 she had lived in Rome, Djibouti (1988-1989), Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) (1992-1997), and explored with her parents large portions of western Africa and Europe.
After completing Grammar School in Italy (2004), in 2005 she moved to London, where she took a Foundation Filmmaking course at Panico Productions at the London Film Academy (2006), and earned a BA in Anthropology and Media at Goldsmiths University, with Photography and Journalism as practical options (2007-2010).
Since her graduation she has done work experience with Amnesty International in the Activism Office of the NGO’s Headquarters in Rome (November 2010-March 2011), and with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on a vulnerability and forestry project based in Hue, Vietnam (April-June 2011).
In 2011, driven by the desire to merge the gap between her two passions, anthropology and visual arts, she applied to the MA in Visual and Media Anthropology at the Freie Universitaat Berlin, and got accepted. She is currently enrolled in the program and will finish in September 2013.
From November 2012 to February 2013 she returned to Vietnam to work as a photo assistant and interviewer on a photo project about Vietnamese war veterans. The project is currently in post-production.