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.

1976, Tallinn



HISK (Higher Institute for Fine Art), Gent, Belgium


Estonian Academy of Arts, photography, MA


University of Applied Arts, Vienna


Estonian Academy of Arts, photography, BA

Prizes, scholarships


Para Site residency, Hong Kong, Hong Kong


KulturKontakt Austria residency, Vienna, Austria


Artist Residency in International Studio & Residency Program (ISCP) in New York


HISK, Higher Institute for Fine Arts, Gent, Belgium


Köler Prize 2012 nomination

Henkel.Art.Award 2012


Pro Helvetia AIR Program in Bern (PROGR_Zentrum für Kulturproduktion), Switzerland

Solo Exhibitions


EVERYTHING WAS FOREVER UNTIL IT WAS NO MORE, RIBOCA1, Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Riga, Latvia

DIFFERENT FROM WHAT WE ARE (with Melanie Bonajo), Neue Galerie, Innsbruck International Biennial of the Arts

Women of the World, Raise Your Right Hand, Ani Molnár Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

Stones Against Diamonds, Diamonds Against Stones, Tallinn City Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia


‘Don’t Wind It Up, Turn It On’ performance as part of the Situations project, Winterthuri Fotomuseum, Winterthuri, Switzerland


‘Hips Don’t Lie’, Hobusepea Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia


You, HOP Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia

‘Red Dawn’, HISK Laureates, Belgium


How to Wear Red, mumok, Vienna

How to Wear Red, Tartu Art Museum, Estonia, Curated by Rael Arter


Tell me, Platan Gallery, Polish Institute, Budapest, Hungary


Shaken Not Stirred, Gallery of Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia


Bread and Roses, Draakoni Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia


Marge Monko and Tanja Muravskaja, Hobusepea Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia


Studies of Bourgeoisie, Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland

Tell me, Tallinn City Gallery, Estonia


Studies of Bourgeoisie, Hobusepea Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia

Group Exhibitions


Temporary Structures, PLATO, Ostrava, Czechia

Orient – The New East in Central Eastern European Art, Galeria Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow, Poland

Crush, Para Site, Hong Kong

Related by Sister Languages, Ludwig Museum, Budapest

Somewhere In Between. Contemporary Art Scenes in Europa in Bozar, Brussels

D’EST: A Multi-Curatorial Online Platform for Video Art from the Former “East” and “West”, D’Est, Berlin

The Archaeology of the Screen, Kumu Art Museum, Estonia

New Chick, Riga Congress Center, Riga, Latvia


Summer of Love, Art Space Pythagorion, Samos, Greece

The Archaeology of the Screen. The Estonian Example, Electronic Arts Festival, Bozar, Brussels

Flawless, Seamless Tallinn Photomonth, Freedom Square, Tallinn

“It Won’t Be Long Now, Comrades!” group exhibition, Framer Framed, Amsterdam, Netherlands

The adventure of discovery – Highlights from a Hungarian private collection, Balassi Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia

ARS17 screening, Kiasma Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki, Finland


Let It Shine, Ani Molnar Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

Vigies and Co, Centre D’Art Dominique Land, Dudelange, Luxemburg

Every Letter is a Love Letter (curator), Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia

Prosperous Poison,Mumok, Vienna, Austria

Kumu hits. Contemporary Art from the Collection of the Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia


From Explosion to Expanse. Estonian Contemporary Photograpy 1991-2015, Tartu Art Museum, Estonia

Unseen Festival, De Punt Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Kilometre of Sculpture, Vöru, Estonia

Kumu Art Film Festival, KuFF, Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia

The Space Around Me, Tartu Art Museum, Tartu, Estonia

There is Absolutely No Cause for Alarm, Amsterdam, Hollandia


Viewfinders, Contepmorary Baltic and Nordic Photography, Riga Art Space, Latvia, Curated by Inga Bruvere

Carnations and Tulips, Fuga Gallery, Budapest, Hungary, curated by Rebeca Poldsam

Telling Tales, Centre Pasquart, Biel, Switzerland, curated by Felicity Lunn


Economy, Center for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, Curated by Angela Dimitrakaki and Kristen Lloyd

Make an effort or Failing, that event, Bétonsalon, Paris, France, curated by Aliocha Imhoff & Kantuta Qurios


Manifesta 9, Genk, Belgium, curated by Cuauthémoc Medina & Katerina Gregos

Köler Prize 2012 exhibition, Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia


Generation of the Place: Image, Memory and Fiction in the Baltics, Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia

Confrontations and Provocations, National Museum in Warsaw, Poland, curated by Eha Komissarov

Water- Sense and Sensation, Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art, Turku, Finland, curated by Johanna Kurth


Kunst macht frei, Modern Hungarian Gallery, Pécs, Hungary, curated by Gabriella Uhl and Reet Varblane

Confrontations and Provocations, Museum of Contemporary Art, Department of the  National Museum in Szczecin, Poland, curated by Eha Komissarov

Artishok Biennale, Tartu Art House, Estonia, curated by Kati Ilves

Take Care, Politics of Emacipation, Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland, curated by Jaana Kokko and Johannes Saar


Blue-Collar Blues, Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia, curated by Anders Härm

Poses and Neuroses, Self-Portraits, Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia, curated by Kädi Talvoja

Doings or Not, Hobusepea Gallery, Talinn, Estonia, Curated by Laura Kuusk and Margit Säde


Insanity, Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia, curated by Dénes Farkas

Doings or Not, Vžigalica Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia, curated by Laura Kuusk and Margit Säde

Plaisirs de l’imagination, Castle of Tours, France, curated by Eha Komissarov

Border country. Art Museum of Guangzhou Academy of Art, China, curated by Reet Varblane


Cropped Dreams and Irritators, Jeune création européenne, Biennale of Emerging art, Montrouge, France

Consequences and Proposals. Biennale of Young Artists, Tallinn, Estonia, curated by Anneli Porri and Rael Artel


Displaced, group exhibition in Vaal Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia

Displaced, group exhibition in Tartu Art House, Estonia

PostPost, Draakon Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia, curated by Marco Laimre

Homo Grandis Natu, Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia, curated by Reet Varblane


Home Sweet Home, Rottermann Saltstorage, Estonian Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia, curated by Eha Komissaarov

Art Fair Participation 


Art Brussels

Art Market Budapest


Art Brussels, Brussels, Belgium


Artissima, Torino, Italy 



How To Wear Red, a catalogue, published by Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Wien


I Don’t Eat Flowers, a monograph, published by Lugemik, Tallinn, Estonia

Works in collections

Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia

Estonian Art Museum, Estonia

FRAC Lorrain, France

Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Wien

Tartu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia