Fairy house


© Wendy Marijnissen

‘Do you have a fairy house in your garden as well? ‘

‘And does your barby horse have wings and can it fly?’


I know why the caged bird sings


© Wendy Marijnissen


The free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wings
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and
his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings
with fearful trill
of the things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill for the caged bird
sings of freedom

The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn
and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.

by Maya Angelou

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Habib University

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This coming Friday, I’ll be talking about my photography and sharing a conversation on photography and why I photograph people with fellow photographers Ali Sultan and Wei Leng Tay at Habib University in Karachi, Pakistan.

From 4pm onwards you’re more then welcome to join us. Habib University, Plot #295, Block 18, Gulistan-e-Juhar, Karachi.

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Imitation is the biggest form of flattery right? :)

My portrait of parliament member Fawzia Koofi repainted by someone and posted on her facenbook page.

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Slide #1

I’m very proud to present Slide #1.

With some friends, I’ve founded Bending The Frame vzw, a new non profit organization that will search for new ways and create different platforms to bring great photography out into the world.

For Slide #1, we’ve asked photographers Sébastien Van Malleghem and Eva Wollenberg to make a slideshow presentation of their work and think about the concept slideshow. We match them up with the amazing musicians Aldo Struyf (Creature with the atom Brain, Mark Lanegan Band), Gregory Frateur (Dez Mona) and Roel van Camp (Dez Mona, DAAU) who either created new music especially for the evening or will preform a live soundtrack along the images. A unique experience.

Afterwords and in between performances DJ Faster PussyKat will spin records and make everyone pur on the dance floor

Hope to see you all there in helping me launch this new venture.


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KAOS postcard auction

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Last year, I was a part of the wonderful exhibition ‘Return to sender’ at Wiels, organized by KAOS.

101 well-known and lesser known artists sent an original postcard of their own making to KAOS, a Brussels-based non-profit organization aiming to break down the barriers between insiders andoutsiders in art and psychiatry. These unique postcards were shown last year in WIELS and will be auctioned to support the artist residency in psychiatry, that KAOS will organize this autumn for the first time in Belgium.

Now it’s time to auction off all our postcards.

The auction will take place in the beautiful Rotonde Bertouille in Bozar/Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels and will be led by Marianne Hoet on behalf of Christie’s. The works will soon be accessible via the KAOS website and you can see them on Saturday, October 3rd (10:00-18:00) and Sunday, October 4th (10:00-15:00) at Bozar.

Would you like to participate? Then register HERE.

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Zuidpool @ TAZ

© Wendy Marijnissen

© Wendy Marijnissen

Tomorrow ‘Theater aan Zee’ will open in Oostende and this year it’s curated by Theater Zuidpool.

As one of their house photographers, a few of my images will be exhibited along with those of my colleagues at kaffiebar bij Familie Jansen.

Besides that, painter Stijn Dierckx will create a live painting during the festival based on his ideas and my photographs. A must see as this is a unique moment to watch a new painting unfold in front of your eyes.

See you in Oostende this weekend!

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