Mona Kuhn: She Disappeared into Complete Silence


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Mona Kuhn


Acclaimed for her contemporary and intimate depictions of the nude, Kuhn takes a new direction into abstraction in her latest series “Acido Dorado.” Photographed at a golden modernist structure on the edge of Joshua Tree National Park, architectural lines, light reflections and a single figure have been carefully balanced against the backdrop of the Californian desert.

The human figure, Mona’s friend and collaborator Jacintha, emerges like a surrealist mirage, fragmented and indistinct, at times submerged in shadows or overexposed. The building’s facade of glass and mirrors serve as optical planes, an extension of the artist’s camera and lens. Light is split into refracting colors, desert vegetation grows sideways, inside is outside and outside in. Kuhn pushes a certain disorienting effect by introducing metallic foils as an additional surface, at times producing purely abstract results. Acido Dorado marks Kuhn’s increasing use of techniques that appear to merge the figure, abstractions and landscape into one.

The body is a place where our mind resides, and that’s what I’m photographing.

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Weight 710 g
Dimensions 24.2 x 31.4 cm
Publisher name Steidl
Publication date 1 March 2019
Number of pages 108
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 24.2 x 31.4 cm
Weight 710 g


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Mona Kuhn is best known for her large-scale, dream-like photographs of the human form. Her pictures often references classical themes with a light and insightful touch. Kuhn's approach to her work is distinguished by the close relationships she develops with her subjects, resulting in images of remarkable naturalness and intimacy, and creating the effect of people who are naked but comfortable in their own skin. Kuhn's Steidl books include Photographs (2004), Evidence (2007), Native (2009) and Bordeaux Series (2011).