GOD IS A 

 

IT'S MOTHER EARTH

WOMAN

THE

WALL OF

SHAME

This photograph was captured in less than a minute after Marisa and her photographer climbed over a couple of gates to get access to the most central rooftop overlooking the Western Wall. After publishing this image, one month after the events, the story travelled the world. This piece of history got sold for thirty thousand euro through an online bidding.


To understand religion 

Is to understand reality

 

To know each flaw

in the words 

of dead 

men

 

To learn

Each lesson and its value

Each tradition 

             And its harm

 

To realize the difference 

between what is sold as spirit

And that which is 

               the centered soul

 

To see the separation 

      That lies in the gap between following                and                freedom

                                        The truth 

That is in the distance between

church                    and                  god

 

          To illuminate 

that teachings are only beneficial

         If they lead to willing transformation

 

It is in the way of wise men to make the river of reality 

rigid and readable

As religions

 

Just as it is the way of wickedness to twist meanings 

Making obscure what was plain to see

For fear and fame

As religious leaders

With armies of faithful followers

HAGIA SOPHIA

Long ago women were seen as an embodiment of the great mother, they were deeply honored and celebrated.

At one point in history men began to fear the power of women. Patriarchy was founded. And so was Religion. The perversion of the wrong interpretation of religious texts have been enforcing modesty codes for women all around the world.

Today, after thousands of years of suppression, women are able to come out of their shells. All with different missions but with the same life-force and (sometimes even) freedom to speak.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY JESSE WALKER

IN 2020 MARISA WAS SENTENCED TO OVER 3 YEARS IN PRISON BY THE TURKISH GOVERNMENT

A NEW RELIGION CALLED LOVE

Written & Directed by Marisa Papen 

Production: Frank Rose  

Executive Production: Wise Up Productions 

Production Manager: Jean Weustenraad 

Director of Photography: Dries Vanderaerden  

1stAssistant Camera : Patrick Nishimwe

Steadicam operator : Raphael Van Oostrum

Gaffers: Maxime Dambly - Georges Vanev 

Construction: Adrien Meylan 

Editor: Joachim Veszely  

Colorist: Xavier Dockx 

Recording mixer : Sonata Productions

Helpers: Jennifer Hons - Jordan Kidja

THE VATICAN

Thousands of years ago the priestess walked upon her sacred earth without fear. She was a woman who named her own Goddesses and who imagined the divine in her image and likeness. She revered her body as the vessel between heaven and earth and acknowledged all of life as part of her journey as the Priestess–the dark, the light, no difference. As the Sacred Feminine re-emerges, women all over the planet are remembering their connection with the Divine Feminine and reclaiming their role as Priestesses mediating between heaven and earth, dark and light, death and rebirth.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JESSE WALKER
"Vatican prison wasn't too bad at all, one of the cops asked if we would like an espresso, which we did, so he went out in the city and got us one"

AVE MARISA

A 3D printed statue that displays a badass ‘Virgin Mary’ holding a black baby Jesus.

The figurine was part of the ‘God is a Woman’ campaign in 2019. 

100 copies were produced and sold exclusively in the Frank Rose Gallery.

IN SEARCH OF ANCIENT EGYPT

It was Marisa’s dream to dance in Cleopatra’s footprints. Together with her photographer she traveled to Egypt in 2017 to make a pirouette into history… During one of her dance moves on the forgotten grounds in the temple of Luxor they got busted and thrown in jail. The next morning after testifying in court they were released because there was no actual proof that Marisa was completely nude (Jesse wiped the cards and retrieved the images afterwards). 
 
One year after the events Marisa tried to enter Egypt again to follow a free diving course with a friend she had met during that memorable trip in Dahab. When Marisa tried sauntering through passport control she got interrupted and interrogated. Her entry was cancelled and she was forced to step on the next flight back to Belgium. She ended up spending 48 hours at the airport under extreme supervision. 
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JESSE WALKER
“'In Search of Ancient Egypt' was definitely the starting point for an exploration deep into the history of nudity, arts and religion. I learned so much on so many different levels. Therefor I don’t mind being blacklisted from a country that I actually truly adore.” 

THE PRIESTESS OF FREEDOM

LA PAPESSE DE LA LIBERTE

A COLLABORATION WITH CÉCILE PLAISANCE

"I’m very rarely photographed by women. Whenever there’s an opportunity to unite/work with a woman, I usually grasp it. Especially when this female artist is carrying out  for the same message as me. This for sure was the case with Cécile, we share some values but we a execute them in a very different way. Cécile tells her story out of her studio, using a technique I wasn’t familiar with yet, but it could open a whole new spectrum of possibilities. On the other hand,  to get into the studio for me is hard, I feel limited and somehow caged, I feel like I can't completely express myself. I'm used to absorb my environment and become one with my surroundings. And white walls don't exactly inspire me too much...
But, we combined our strengths and our visions and kept pushing each other.
In less then 48hours, in the midst of a heatwave under the smog of Paris we realized both our missions. Cécile got me into the studio and I got Cécile out.
I’m super happy that this series tells a story which is not particularly light in a playful way. And that’s exactly how those days of creation felt too, running and sweating (under the studio lights or the burning sun) but at the same time having a crazy amount of fun."
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