mafalda rakoš
Mafalda Rakoš grew up in Vienna, Austria.

Attended Vienna Institute of Graphic Design and Audiovisual Media, department of photography.

Focusing on social documentary photography since a very young age.

She has realized various long-time projects in Vienna and other regions of the world such as the Middle East and West Africa.

Her work has been published in various magazines and was shown in various festivals such as Encontros da Imagem Festival, Portugal, and Voies Off, Arles, as well as in Vienna.

In 2013, she and her two colleagues were awarded the "Jugendinnovativ-Prize" for their collective bookproject “3rd Generation".

In 2013 as well, she was awarded the Prix Revelation SAIF during Festival Voies Off at Rencontres d’Arles for her series "Il y a des jours sombres."

She graduated from High School in 2013 and enrolled her studies in anthropology at Vienna University while pursuing her photographic work.

"Third Generation" is a collective social documentary photo-book project, which shows the lives, opinions, and thoughts of Israeli and Palestinian youth using a very individualistic and personal approach. The protagonist’s stories in the book are told through pictures, interviews, and texts.

It is realized by Iuna Vieira, photography on the Israeli side, Mafalda Rakoš, photography on the Palestinian side, and Raphael Reichl, graphic design.

We, 19 years old ourselves, aspired to build up close relationships to our protagonists in order to reveal perspectives that are as authentic as possible.

The aim of this project is to bring this topic, which often appears very abstract through media, closer to the viewer through this approach.

The attached sequence my excerpt of this project. It covers the Palestinian part.

"Il y a des jours sombres" is the working title of a project realized in January – July 2012.

It takes place in Casamance, Senegal where I spent 6 months, attending the public Lycee (High School) as an exchange student.

I would ask my friends and classmates about how they would like to be photographed; after that, I would visit them and we’d try to carry it out.

Through this project, I tried to find out more about these precious persons I felt so close to but who, at the same time, remained so mysterious to me.
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