Honorable Mention TIFA 2022 People / Portrait

Marieta Kiptalam Chemeli

  • Photographer
    Patrick Lambertz
  • Agency / Studio
    Patrick Lambertz Photography
  • Photo Date

Mary (Soulmary) Kiptalam Chemeli was born in the south of Kenya, where she spent her early years in a small village. Abandoned by her mother she and her two siblings were raised by her stepfather, suffering from regular violence. Years later her mother returned and brought her to Switzerland when she was ten. But soon after, the mother died from sickness, leaving Mary alone as an orphan in an SOS Children's Village. Growing up in Switzerland, Mary struggled with Identity and her violent past in the Kenyan village. Eventually she discovered the village Einsiedeln and its monastery as a place of