Mafalda Rakoš was born in 1994 in Vienna, Austria. She holds a BA in Anthropology from Vienna University and is currently enrolled at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. Her projects mainly focus on social issues and their impact on the protagonists’ realities of life. Since 2011, she has realized various long-time projects in Vienna and other regions of the world such as the Middle East, India and West Africa. Her work was awarded several prizes such as the Prix Revelation SAIF and the Documentary Project Grant and gained attention in Photobookdummy Contests such as Riga Photomonth Contest, Kassel Dummy Award and the European Publishers Award for Photography. It was exhibited in various international shows and photo festivals and is regularly published in different editorial contexts.
*1994 Korneuburg, Austria
2008 - 2013 High School at Vienna’s school of Design and Audiovisual Media
2013 - 2017 BA in Cultural and Social Anthropology from Vienna University
2014 | Academy of Fine Art, Vienna / Class of Martin Guttmann : Art & Photography
2017 | Royal Academy of Art, The Hague / Documentary Photography
2010 | "Dominica", Galerie Kandinsky, 1070 Vienna
2012 | "Times Like These", Encontros da Imagem Festival, Braga, Portugal
2013 | "Il y'a des jour sombres", Screening at Voies Off Festival, Arles
2013 | "3rd Generation", Screening at Voies Off Festival, Arles
2013 | "Il y’a des jours sombres", Showroom Die Grünen, Vienna
2014 | "Projects" at Pavillion Grapelli, Encounters of International Young Photography, Niort
2014 | "Body & Device" at Pavillion Grapelli, Encounters of International Young Photography, Niort
2014 | "Paradise Sellers", Bebop, Vienna
2014 | "Il y'a des jours sombres" at KOLGA Tiblisi Photo, Georgia
2014 | "Il y'a des jours sombres", screening at Oberlick Festival, Germany
2014 | "Building Blocks From Live" [group], European Month of Photography at Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna
2015 | "Rundgang Show Art&Photography" [group], Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna
2016 | "Unfolding Truth: Photographs by the DPFAwardees" [group], Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City
2016 | "Rundgang Show Art&Photography" [group] Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna
2017 | „I want to disappear“ at Circulation(s) Festival for Young European Photography, Paris, F
2017 | „I want to disappear“ at Les nuits de l’image / Musée de l‘Elysée, Lausanne
2017 | „I want to disappear“ at FOCUS photo festival, Mumbai, India
2017 | "I want to disappear" at Athens Photo Festival, Greece
2017 | „I want to disappear“ at International Congress for Eating Disorers / Alpbach, Tirol (upcoming)
2017 | "I want to disappear" at Fotografia Festival, Rome (upcoming)
2018 | „I want to disappear“ at Congress for Eating Disorders / AKH, Vienna (upcoming)
Residencies & Scholarships
2013 | Salzburger Sommerakademie: Nachwuchststipendium
2014 | Artist in Residency: CACP Villa Perochon, Niort
2016 | Academy of Fine Arts Vienna: Förderungsstipendium
2013 | Jugendinnovativ-Award: 1st Place in Category “Design” for the book "3rd Generation"
2013 | Prix Revélation SAIF during Voies Off Festival, Arles
2014 | Most Beautiful books of Austria: Honorable Mention for "3rd Generation"
2014 | Sony World Photography Organization Youth Award: featured in "Commended Portraits Section".
2014 | Recipient of The Documentary Project Fund, Emerging Vision Award for "I want to disappear"
2014 | KOLGA Tiblisi Photo, Georgia: Shortlisted in Documentary Projects
2014 | Self Publish Riga Dummy Contest: 2nd Prize for "3rd Generation"
2014 | Fotobookfestival Kassel DummyAward: 2nd Prize "3rd Generation"
2014 | European Publishers Award for Photography: Honorable Mention for „3rd Generation“
2014 | Encontros da Imagem Book Award: Honorable Mention for „3rd Generation“
2014 | 1st Prize „Kultursalon Hörbiger, Vienna Austria
2015 | Month of Photography Vienna „Eyes On Connect Project Review“: 1st Prize for „I want to disappear“
2016 | Photobook Exhibition at Athens Photo Festival, Greece: Shortlisted with „I want to disappear“
2016 | Photobookaward of the Royal Society of Photography, London: Shortlisted with „I want to disappear“
2016 | SCAN Photobooks in Terragona, Spain: Shortlisted with „I want to disappear“
2016 | The Photobookmarket at Encontros da Imagem, Braga/Portugal: Shortlisted with „I want to disappear“
2017 | c/o Berlin Talents "New Documentary Photography" : Shortlisted
2014 Nominée for World Press Joop Sward Masterclass
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