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© Mafalda Rakoš, Body and Device

© Mafalda Rakoš, 4, Body and Device

I’m an enthusiast. Everything seems interesting and important…

Name

Mafalda Rakoš

Profession

Photographer 

Website

mafaldarakos.com

Mafalda Rakoš, photo © Maarten-Boswijk

Mafalda Rakoš, photo © Maarten-Boswijk

Who are you? What do you do? 

I’m a young photographer, but I also studied Anthropology. Currently, I am enrolled at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. 

Where are you from?

Vienna, Austria 

Your style in 3 words?

Intimate, long-term, in-depth.

© Mafalda Rakoš, Body and Device

© Mafalda Rakoš, Body and Device

Your weakness? Your strength? 

I’m an enthusiast. Everything seems interesting and important – that’s both my pitfall and my strength. 

What makes you different?

Optimism- I don’t give up easily.

When did you decide to become a photograph?

When I was 14.

© Mafalda Rakoš, Body and Device

© Mafalda Rakoš, Body and Device

What do you find most fascinating about your work?

 Immersing into topics, stories, situations and encounters. I would never have experienced as intensely otherwise. 

© Mafalda Rakoš, Marie, Vienna, 2015

© Mafalda Rakoš, Marie, Vienna, 2015

A few words about your favourite creation? 

The partly autobiographical bookproject “I want to disappear” deals with Eating Disorders such as Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating. I worked on this project for four years and for the first time I feel that I am completely confident about something I did. I closely collaborated with more than 20 affected women and girls and conducted interviews, portrayed them and collected drawings, documents and other things they wanted to share with me.

Someone else’s work that inspired or inspires you…

Stuart Hall and Jim Goldberg have been very influential and inspiring for my practise. 

© Mafalda Rakoš, Body and Device

© Mafalda Rakoš, Body and Device

A new project coming up or an idea you want to work on?

 At the moment, I’m fascinated by highways.

Finish the sentence „More important than my career is…“ 

My wellbeing and that of those who surround me.

2017: Where are we going?

That’s difficult to tell. I don’t feel it’s the right direction.

Amira, Nablus, Palestinian Territories

Amira, Nablus, Palestinian Territories

When the going gets tough…

I call home.

Your city’s favourite spots?

 Probably our living room.

Do you have a vision? 

Yes, but it’s still a bit abstract.

 Tell us about your future plans…

Release my first book and change the way people perceive Eating Disorders ;-), Hitchhike to the South of France, go back to Senegal!

Last but not least: what is your favourite Song?

#…?

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more about Mafalda’s book “I want to disappear”

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