Marilena Stavrakidis was born in Athens, Greece in 1991. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts BFA program. Her work, which focuses on sociopolitical issues, has been awarded the Anthony M. Ruotolo Photojournalism award from the Imaging Alliance Foundation. Marilena has also been exhibited at the SVA Gramercy Gallery in 2014, SVA Chelsea Gallery in 2015 and LOOK 3 Festival 2015. Her photographs have also been published in The Huffington Post. Her approach interweaves text, statistics, and images in order to inform and challenge the viewer. She currently lives and works in New York.

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