Since 2010, Shacola has traveled to Turkana in Kenya where one of the most beautiful tribes in the world lives. 5 years ago, oil was discovered there. Over the years, she has seen how this amazing tribe struggles to survive while preserving their customs and traditions as they are faced with new political and economic interests. With her series, Turkana, the artist hopes to not only raise awareness about this tension but also document and preserve a way of life that might soon be lost forever.
Marina Shacola (b. 1963, Cyrpus) is a photographer living and working between Cyprus and Kenya. Working specifically within the fields of portraiture and street photography, Marina began her career as a photographer for leading lifestyle magazines in Cyrpus. More recently Shacola has focused on projects concerning humanitarian and social issues on an international level. Some of these projects include 'ATHLOS' for the Athens Olympic Games, UNHCR projects in support of refugees, â€˜Just Care' concerning the challenges of children in Africa, the 'Green Room' a tribute to the children of the Makarios Children's Home in Kenya. Marina has an MBA and holds degrees in law and sociology as well as a diploma in History of Art. She is the co-founder and president of the The Sophia Foundation for Children, a non-profit organization in Cyprus, created with the scope of helping children in need in Kenya and Cyprus to change their predicament through safety, nutrition, medical care, and education.