After finishing her MBA, the Photo Academy in Amsterdam stimulated her to channel her concepts and feelings into images.
Gender equality is a main theme running through Marinka’s work. She feels strongly about the importance of raising this subject and she just returned from Iran where she worked on two projects concerning the position of women.
Marinka's photography revolves around people and is a constant reflection of her passion and fascination for human nature and the way we live our lives. Especially topics concerning injustice and inequality are a driving force behind her work.
Her utmost wish for her photography is the chance to make a difference. By creating awareness and touching people's feelings, since she believes that an image is indeed stronger than a 1000 words.
Ultimately for me it's about connecting with people, I remember each and every moment that they, for a brief moment, let me into their lives.
I thank them all.
Marinka Masséus Photography
For me, being a feminist means identifying with the rights of all women worldwide, not just my own immediate surroundings. I believe that misogyny is one of the most underestimated inequalities in the world. It is part of every culture, race or religion. Often it is even more difficult to recognize gender inequality in one’s own culture since one is part of that specific programming. But it is there. It is always there. Whether it is the gender pay gap, domestic violence, rape culture, honor killings, forced genital mutilation or restriction of freedoms and guardianship.
And although in many places there has been progress, recent events have shown that that might be a thin layer of veneer. The #metoo movement and the term rape-culture have uncovered a deep underbelly of disrespect to women’s bodies. In the meantime, girls everywhere are told to behave modestly as to avoid trouble. To walk the line. The subliminal message being that molestation and rape is their responsibility. It is not.
In addtion, in response to women becoming more vocal, I also see a strong backlash currently. In some places that means that female rights are actually backsliding. Having always felt strongly about this topic, it is only inevitable that it translates into my photography work. My feelings about this topic will always fuel my motivation and determination.
2018 - Saudi Arabia
Feb 2018 - Amsterdam - Radical Beauty Project - Down Syndrome
Oct 2016 - Iran - My Stealthy Freedom
Oct 2015: Brazil - World Indigenous Games 2015 in Palmas - Ancient Rhythm II
Photo credit: Mwalimu Tuju (Goodluck's father)
This is Goodluck Mashaka Enos TUJU. He is 5 years old, he lives in Dar es Salaam and he has albinism. In order for him to be safe, he needs to go to a special school, which his hard-working parents can't afford.
Together, two friends and I have pledged to pay the yearly tuition for his school, so that he can be safe and receive an education. This will give him a chance for the future.
If you also wish to help a child with albinism in Tanzania to go to school and have a future, you can contact me or Gabrielle de Graaf from Stichting Inside the Same. Yearly costs are between 400 and 700 dollar, depending on the school. Maybe together with some friends you can help?
Other organisations dedicated to help people with albinism in Africa: