Mascha Joustra graduated in May 2015 at the Fotoacademie Amsterdam, specializing in documentary and portrait series.
She graduated with a large series of photographs documented in a voluminous photobook called ‘Elders’ (‘Elsewhere’). The book has been shortlisted for the ‘Unseen Dummy Award “ in Amsterdam, september 2015 and has been presented during Paris Photo 2015 at the Polycopies event at the the Tipi Bookshop/Brussels. The series was also exhibited in the Fotomuseum in The Hague during the 'Farming Folk' exhibition, a contribute to Ed van der Elsken.
Her graduation series series called ‘Elders’ has been received very well and made entrance to several (inter)national exhibitions (see in menu 'exhibits and more'). In this large series of photographs her quest is finding out whether a historic dualism in religion in the Netherlands is still dominating the different regions. The series have been published several times and are as well bundled in a voluminous book entitled ‘Elders’ (‘Elsewhere’).
"Mascha's work has different layers and each photograph is demanding time from the viewer. Some images are poetic some direct, but her work is often asking for closer attention." ..
Also her (now) 16 year old daughter plays quite a substantial role in the series called 'fierce-fragile'.