Marina Paulenka was born in Vinkovci, Croatia, in 1985. She has a masters degree in Graphic Design at the Faculty of Graphic Arts and a masters degree in Photography at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb. She is a member of the Croatian Freelance Artists’ Association.
During the study, she won the Dean’s award, the Special Rector’s Award, and Award for the best student work from The Center for Women Studies in Zagreb.
Her photographic and theoretical work puts emphasis on both regional and global social/political issues, with a special interest in life on the fringes of society, religion, gender identities and practices and environmental questions. An example is her last project — The Other Home. Focused on the lives of women in the only female prison in Croatia, the project examines their status, questions of guilt, freedom, motherhood, femininity and the prison itself. Marina is currently focused on her personal long-term documentary projects.
In 2015 she participated at NOOR Nikon Masterclass in Belgrade with Andrea Bruce, Stanley Green, Kadir von Louhizen. She was a winner of Photonic Moments Portfolio Review 2014 at Month of Photography in Ljubljana, Slovenia. She was nominated for Erste Fragments 2014, ESSL ART AWARD CEE 2015, NEU/NOW 2015 and T-HT@MSU 2015 and 2016 Award for Croatian contemporary art. Screenings and work presentations at Delhi Photo Festival, Eastreet, Aleppo Photo Festival, NEU/NOW, Backlight, Photonic Moments. She had 6 solo and more than 40 juried group shows in the world and Croatia. Lives and works in Zagreb.