Marjolein Busstra (Netherlands, 1979)

As a documentary photographer and filmmaker Marjolein aims to unravel identity structures and representations by approaching stories in different ways. She covers themes like; immigration, displacement, and political and cultural exclusion. She is not bound by the restrictions of one medium; it is not by definition a photograph or a film. It all depends on the subject matter and how she wants to lure the viewer into her perspective. She has exhibited her work at several venues and directed documentaries that has been screened on Dutch TV and (inter)national filmfestivals.

Name:Marjolein Busstra
Date of birth:August 15th 1979
Place of birth:Oranjewoud

2009 - 2011Academy of Arts St Joost, Breda: Master Photography
2005 - 2007University of Amsterdam: Master Filmstudies
2003 - 2005University of Groningen: Bachelor Art, Culture and Media
1999 - 2003Academy of Arts Minerva, Groningen: Photography

Exhibitions / Screenings
2018Movies that Matter: screening documentary `I <3 My Muslim`
2018Melkweg cinema Amsterdam: premiere documentary `I <3 My Muslim`
2018Viceland TV Netherlands: broadcasts `I <3 My Muslim`
2018Docfeed Eindhoven: screening documentary `I <3 My Muslim`
2018DOK.fest München: screening documentary `I <3 My Muslim`
2018Fjuzn Bratislava: screening documentary `I <3 My Muslim`
2016RecycleArt Brussels: solo exhibition `Moroccan moms`
2016Fotodok Utrecht: group exhibition `Family`
2015NTR: five-part documentary series about Moroccan mothers for Dutch television
2014Melkweg gallery Amsterdam: solo exhibition `Moroccan moms`
2014Tolhuistuin Amsterdam: group exhibition `Pickle Magazine` in collaboration with `Eddie the Eagle museum`
2013Eddie the Eagle Museum Amsterdam: fist offline issue of `Pickle magazine`
2012Gallery Kulter Amsterdam: screening of `Alter Ego`s`
2012BOLO Amsterdam: `Operation Peter Pan`
2011International Departure Gate 11 Modena, Italy
2011CBK Den Bosch: Final Exams, AKV St. Joost: documentary `Alter Ego`s`
2011Kunsthal Rotterdam: group exhibition `Crisis!`
2010De Balie Amsterdam: screening short film `Michel` `Kamermans Kermis`
2008Filmhuis Gouda: screening documentary `Palestine`
2007Kriterion Amsterdam: screening documentary `Jatorria`
2004Bornse Synagoge: solo exhibition. `It`s your mind that creates this world.`
2004CBK Assen: group exhibition

2018NRC: article about `I <3 My Muslim`
2018Trouw: article about I <3 My Muslim
2016De Morgen: article about exhibition `Moroccan Moms` in Brussels
2015Vrij Nederland: photo story and short film about convert Carla
2015VPRO gids: publication on tv series `Moroccan mothers`
2014De Morgen: article about exhibition `Moroccan Moms`
2014NRC: article about exhibition`Moroccan Moms`
2014Parool: article about exhibition`Moroccan Moms`
2014Trouw: article about exhibition`Moroccan Moms`
2014Vice: interview about the exhibition`Moroccan Moms`
2014Vrij Nederland: photo documentary of homeless girl Naomi
2014De Corespondent: publication of three short movies `Urban Nomads` Correspondent
2014De Correspondent: series of photos and a short movie about homeless girl Laura
2014De Corespondent: pictures and one short movie about the eviction of `Urban Nomads`Correspondent
2013NRC-next: publication of the series `Urban Nomads`
2013Mister Motley: article on Moroccan Moms
2012De Betere Wereld: publication of the series `Open Rescue`
2012Vice Magazine: publication of the series `Open Rescue`
2011Pickle Magazine: together with three other photographers I started online magazine Pickle magazine
2011Volkskrant: `Crisis!` exhibition Kunsthal Rotterdam
2011NRC: `Crisis!` exhibition Kunsthal Rotterdam
2010Vice Magazine: photographic image `100 years of solitude`

Work experience
2019Joined HALAL
2018Filming a campaign in El Salvador commissioned by `Amnesty International`
2017Filming a documentary in Irak commissioned by `Doctors without borders.`
2011 Started production company Lege Fles
2008Banja Luka Film Festival: Programmer student films.
2007International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA): researcher programme-department
2007Giving a documentary film and photo workshop in the Palestine Territories

2019Participant of the IDFAcademy & NPO-fonds Workshop
2018Nominated for the Dutch Doc Award of `Movies that Matter` with `I <3 My Muslim`
2018Invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands to screen and attend Human right film festival Fjuzn with `I Love My Muslim` in Bratislava, Slovakia.
2016Project `Moroccan mothers` is included in the collection of the museum Amsterdam city archive.
2014One of 20 documentary filmmakers and interactive storytelling talents from the Netherlands
and Belgium at IDFA doc lab academy
2014Selected for the Vrij Nederland photo story
2011Stichting Stedelijke Fotografie: photographer for Dutch Crisis project in cooperation with `Fonds BKVB`
2011Selected for International Departure: Gate 11 Modena Italy
2010Workshop `Sight/Site` Academy of Arts Parsons New York