Marjolein Busstra
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Projects
I ❤ My Muslim
Carla is a 62-year-old Dutch woman who has converted to Islam and marries a 33-year-old Libyan freedom fighter. The film shows their daily routine in Amsterdam, and how political events in the Middle East effect their lives. Carla has a no-nonsense attitude towards the tensions surrounding Islam and the Muslim community in her own country. Even though Fouad seems to truly Carla, they seek a second younger wife to provide him with children. This will put their relationship to the test.

More about the documentary and its screenings can be found here


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Moroccan mothers NTR
Documentary TV Series |
In collaboration with producer Interakt, Rebekka van Hartskamp and I developed and directed a documentary television series about Moroccan mothers for the NTR.
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Moroccan mothers
Talking about their sons
One day I was being harassed by Moroccan boys. To shake them off I quickly grabbed my phone and took a photo. Afraid of being recognized they covered up their faces. With my projects I try to develop a new language for today’s sensation-oriented media environment. It occurred to me that the photo that I made impulsively, was a stigmatized picture that the media often uses in their coverage of Moroccan boys.
Together with Rebekka van Hartskamp, I decided to interview Moroccan moms and hear their views on raising their sons in the Netherlands. We hardly see or hear them in the media. It proved to be very difficult to find moms who wanted to cooperate. We decided to capture the difficulties we encountered during this project.
This project is supported by Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Stichting Democratie and Media and Josine de Bruyn Kops Fonds. You can find more about the project at
marokkaansemoeders

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Moroccan boys
Part of Moroccan moms
This series of photos is part of the project Moroccan mothers.

When I was harassed in the street by a group of Moroccan boys I took a photo to shake them off. Without intention I had taken a very stereotypical picture; an image used daily in the media to represent a group of young people. With this event as a starting point I portrayed Moroccan boys who cover up their faces to emphasize the way we see Moroccan boys and research this new identity they take on. I also asked them two questions: What do you think about your relationship with your mother and what does your mother think about you?
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Schatkamers
Treasure rooms
Since the financial market is not as stable as some years before, I wondered if people would start saving their money at their homes, instead of putting it in a savings account. I researched this phenomenon and captured it when possible in photos. I wanted to make money visible again, instead of it solely existing in digital form. This project was part of a group exhibition about the financial crisis in the Kunsthal in Rotterdam and was commissioned by Stedelijke fotografie Utrecht.


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Alter Ego`s
Nature or Nurture
In `Alter Ego’s`, I work with the notion of the interchangeability of lives. I make and collect portraits of women with lives I feel could have been mine; if not for a twist of fate...Each woman represents a social group. For example, immigrants and animal rights activists. By putting myself literally among these women, I want to learn more about their identity and my own. How are these women represented in the media? In my exploration, I attempt to look beyond the media construct and find the ‘true’ identity of these individuals. Can I still identify with them? `Alter Ego`s` consists of a series of photos, as well as a documentary film (24:42 min). I portrayed four women; Latife Simsek, Fleur Agema (PVV), Sharon Nunez and Tanja Nijmeijer.





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Operation Peter Pan
Cuban exodus
Researching the structures of identities is an important part of my work. In my current work, I want to expose what it means if you were part of an exodus as a child. What if you were referred to as a `Peter Pan` for the rest of your life? ‘Operation Peter Pan’ was an event from the sixties, when more then 14.000 children were evacuated via an air bridge to the United States without their parents.
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