Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Native. Photographs by Mona Kuhn. Text by Shelley Rice,Wayne V. Andersen. Steidl Photography International, 2009. 88 pp., 60 color illustrations, 11½x12¼".

" 'This work started as a personal journey. 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 an empty past, just traces of it. Yet, my journey was filled with new friendships and discoveries made along the way'

writes Los Angeles-based photographer Mona Kuhn about her journey back to her native Brazil after 20 years.

Her third photobook 'Native' unfolds slowly, as a dreamy narration of this adult exploration of her childhood home.

Photographed in the rainforest and surrounding city area, the images are suffused with a deep green, gold and pink palette.

'Native' is accompanied by an essay from critic Shelley Rice."

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