Mona Kuhn is one of the most respected, and in some circles controversial, contemporary photographers of her time. She has crafted an extraordinary series of nudes – brilliantly reflected through her own enigmatic eye – in large-scale, sensual imagery that stills an air of impressionism.
Mona Kuhn’s first monograph, Photographs, was debuted by Steidl in 2004; followed by Evidence (2007), Native (2010), Bordeaux Series (2011), Private (2014), and She Disappeared into Complete Silence (2018/19). In addition, Kuhn's monograph titled Bushes and Succulents has been published by Stanley/Barker Editions in 2018. In 2021, Thames & Hudson published a stunning career retrospective titled Works. Kuhn's most recent publication Kings Road is published by Steidl with a multi-dimensional debut exhibition at The Arts, Design & Architecture Museum, in 2022.
Throughout a career spanning more than twenty years, Kuhn's practice is focused on the mysteries of the physical and metaphysical presence of the figure. Kuhn looks at the figure and representation as a platform to our complex emotions, desires and fears. As she solidified her photographic style, Kuhn created a notable approach to the nude by developing friendships with her subjects, and employing a range of playful visual strategies that use natural light and minimalist settings to evoke a sublime sense of comfort between the human figure and its environment. Her work is natural, restful, and a reinterpretation of the nude in the canon of contemporary art.
All photographs: © Mona Kuhn