Marge Monko

Marge Monko (1976) was born in Tallinn, Estonia, where she lives and works. She graduated as a photographer from the Estonian Academy of Arts in 2008. She has received the Henkel Art Award of 2012 and a Köler Prize nomination in 2012. She has had numerous solo and group shows internationally including a solo show in mumok, Vienna. In 2014 she received a HISK Scholarship in Gent and has recently finished the KulturKontakt Austria residency in Vienna. She has several artworks in public collections including the Estonian Art Museum, Estonia, the FRAC Lorrain, France and the mumok, Vienna. She also has several publications such as a monograph called ‘I Don’t Eat Flowers’, published in 2012 by Lugemik, Tallinn.

 

Monko has long been working with themes related to women’s role in society and its changes over centuries. Her photo collages and large-scale colour prints depict jewels enlarging the details of the objects and reducing the visibility of people wearing them. With her works she presents a laboratory-like demonstration of how advertisements and the display of commodities define a woman in our society. Through the close-ups and the absence of the face of the women the works stimulate the viewer to analyse what builds up femininity today.

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Marge Monko: Untitled collage I
2015, b/w photographic paper, ed: 4,
30 x 40 cm

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Marge Monko: Untitled collage II, 
2015, b/w photographic paper, ed: 4,
30 x 40 cm

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Marge Monko: Untitled collage III 
2015, b/w photographic paper, ed: 4,
30 x 40 cm

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Marge Monko: Untitled Collage IV 
2015, b/w photographic paper, ed: 4,
30 x 40 cm

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Marge Monko: Untitled collage V 
2015, b/w photographic paper, ed: 4,
30 x 40 cm

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Marge Monko: Untitled collage VI 
2015, b/w photographic paper, ed: 4,
30 x 40 cm

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Marge Monko: Ten Past Ten - Tissot 
2015, folded pigment print mounted on plywood board and covered with acrylic glass case

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Marge Monko: Ten Past Ten - Baume & Mercier 
2015, folded pigment print mounted on plywood board and covered with acrylic glass case

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Marge Monko: Ten Past Ten - Piaget
2015, folded pigment print mounted on plywood board and covered with acrylic glass case

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Marge Monko: Dear D 
2015, screencap video with voice over

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Marge Monko: La Gioconda 
2014, lenticular digital print on dibond
95 x 65 cm

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Marge Monko: Untitled I 
2014, photogram, b/w photo, frame
30 x 40 cm

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Marge Monko: Untitled II
2014, photogram, b/w photo, frame
30 x 40 cm

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Marge Monko: Untitled III
2014, photogram, b/w photo, frame
30 x 40 cm

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Marge Monko: Untitled IV
2014, photogram, b/w photo, frame
30 x 4 cm

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Marge Monko: Red Dawn
2014
installation

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Marge Monko: Red Dawn
2014
installation

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Marge Monko: Composition I
2014, metal, MDF, 3D printed objects, spray paint
40 x 25 x 100 cm

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Marge Monko: Window#1 
2014, pigment print,
100 x 100 cm

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Marge Monko: Window#2 
2014, pigment print,
50 x 50 cm

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Marge Monko: Window#3 
2014, pigment print,
61,3 x 67,4 cm

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Marge Monko: Window#4, 
2014, pigment print,
50 x 50 cm

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Marge Monko: Window#5  
2014, pigment print,
50 x 50 cm

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Marge Monko: Window#6 
2014, pigment print,
50 x 50 cm

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Marge Monko: Window#7 
2014, pigment print,
50 x 50 cm

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Marge Monko: 8 hours 
2013, 8 photo collages, text, b/w photo
30 x 40 cm

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Marge Monko: Labour, 
2013, photo collage, text, b/w photo
30 x 40 cm

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Marge Monko: Studies of Bourgeoisie - Freud Museum 
2006, C-type print,
73 x 85 cm

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Marge Monko: Studies of Bourgeoisie - Freud Museum 
2006, C-type print,
73 x 85 cm

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Marge Monko: Studies of Bourgeoisie - Bilbliothèque Charcot 3
2006, C-type print,
73 x 85 cm

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Marge Monko: Studies of Bourgeoisie - Hospital of Salpetriere 1
2006, C-type print,
73 x 85 cm

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Marge Monko: Studies of Bourgeoisie - Hospital of Salpetriere 2
2006, C-type print,
73 x 85 cm

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Marge Monko: Studies of Bourgeoisie 
2005, C-type print,
98 x 73 cm

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Marge Monko: Studies of Bourgeoisie - Tableaux 1
2005, C-type print,
98 x 73 cm

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Marge Monko: Studies of Bourgeoisie - Tableaux 2
2005, C-type print,
98 x 73 cm

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Marge Monko: Studies of Bourgeoisie - Tableaux 3
2005, C-type print,
98 x 73 cm