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Mona Kuhn: Bordeaux Series
Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, Georgia
April 20-July 21, 2012

Mona Kuhn: Bordeaux Series
La Galerie Particuliere, Paris, France
May 31-August 12, 2012

Galería Pilar Serra, Madrid, Spain
June 5-July 31, 2012

Bottega Veneta: The Art of Collaboration
Cruise 2011/2012 featuring Mona Kuhn

Mona Kuhn: Bordeaux Series, 2011
Steidl, Göttingen, Germany


Internationally recognized for her alluring renderings of the human form, Mona Kuhn’s approach to this classic theme, while acknowledging her predecessors, creates work that is sensual but never overtly sexual. Kuhn’s camera captures something beyond gender, age, beauty and time. Her subjects are part of her life, not professional models. The result is an intimate glimpse into a being’s reality.

After 12 years working mostly in a naturist community in France, Mona turned her attention recently to her homeland in Brazil. Mona Kuhn's captivating new book, Native, is the follow up to her critically acclaimed monograph, Evidence (both monographs published by Steidl)

In her latest body of work, Mona Kuhn returns to her native country after 20 years of absence. Native unfolds as a dreamy narration of this adult exploration of her origins. Photographed in the rainforest and surrounding city area, Kuhn’s images of nudes, portraits and nature are suffused with a deep green, gold and pink palette.

"This work started as a personal journey,” writes Kuhn. "Metaphorically, I was thinking of a bird that flies back into the forest, searching for its childhood nest. The images here are a creation of my abstracted wishes and dreams. As I was searching, instead of home, I found just traces of it. Yet, my journey was filled with new discoveries."

Shelley Rice describes Kuhn’s Brazil as “mobile, never fixed; it moves back and forth between wilderness and civilization, between carnality and oblivion, fecundity and decay. Undifferentiated, it swims forever in a sea of green and gold.” Wayne Andersen comments “This series of images come together as a regeneration of her bond to a place that was once her only place.”

Mona Kuhn was born in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1969, of German descent. She earned her degrees in the United States from Ohio State University and the San Francisco Art Institute. Since 1998, she has been an independent studies scholar at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. Her work has been exhibited, and is included in public and private collections, in the United States and internationally.

Kuhn’s first monograph, Photographs, was debuted by Steidl in 2004; followed by, Evidence, also published by Steidl in Spring 2007. In 2008, Mona Kuhn was a visiting artist at The Pasadena Arts. She has lectured about her work at the Cincinnati Art Museum, North Carolina Museum of Art, Georgia Museum of Art and the International Center of Photography in NYC. She lives and works in Los Angeles.

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