Monika K. Adler

Mademoiselle Guillotine

 

Mademoiselle Guillotine, 2004/2014, giclee, 150 x 180 cm 

"Centred on the representation of the female, the photograph "Mademoiselle Guillotine" reinvents the concept of femininity. This work fights back against the subordination of the female. It re-works previous portrayals of the female in art to show woman in all her treacherous nakedness. No submissive poses, flowers or frills, nothing pretty and no virginity in sight. Not pornography, not debauchery and far from gratuity; in this work, the female body has a dangerous power. The power to change stereotypes and to be seen despite the different veils she lives under. Each questions the authoritarian forces in which the female exists; religion, the male, the government, the expectations of society"

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Photograph comes from the collection 

"Monika K. Adler Selected Works 2003-2013"
http://bit.ly/1baHcm5

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 2004-2014

2-30 APR 2014 | Monika K. Adler's videowork Memoire Involontaire will feature in International Video Art Festival «Now&After» ’14 at the State Museum of GULAG, Moscow. See: http://now-after.org/


In 2014 “Now&After” festival is being held at the State Museum of GULAG – a place that has accumulated the memories of Stalin’s punitive system. In the area of our special interest there is a traumatic memory: reliving and rethinking of the historical traumas, especially those related to the history of GULAG.

On being an Angel a film by Monika K. Adler

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On being an Angel, UK, 2014, 6 min. 8mm, Black and white.

Performance: Alexandra Unger
Music composed and performed by Richard Crow
Art direction: Aeon Rose
Photography, edit, idea and directed by Monika K. Adler
Produced by Monika K. Adler Estate 2014

January 19, 1981, Francesca Woodman committed suicide by jumping out a loft window in New York. She invites us to see her suicide, like she used to invite us to see her art. Poised between two worlds she presents an image of the liberated psyche in flight.

All rights reserved to Monika K. Adler Estate 2014

Photograph from On being an Angel a film by Monika K. Adler (c) 2014
Performance: Alexandra Unger

Photograph from On being an Angel a film by Monika K. Adler (c) 2014

Performance: Alexandra Unger

On the set of new short film ON BEING AN ANGEL.

PERFORMANCE by ALEXANDRA UNGER

DIRECTED by MONIKA K. ADLER

All rights reserved to Monika K. Adler Estate. 

THE AMBIVALENT BODY: ON THE SHORT FILMS OF MONIKA K. ADLER By Robert Smart in PARAPHILIA MAGAZINE

Having already amassed an impressive array of images, both moving and still, Adler is currently attempting to mount her first feature film, pursuing the opportunity to further develop and amplify her explorations of trauma, history, gender, dread and mystery. Her challenge will be to maintain the ambiguity and suggestiveness, the provocation and originality, the complexity and rigor combined with the frankly erotic aura surrounding the aesthetic of her short films and photography into the realm of narrative features with its demands for exposition and comprehensibility. The success of this venture could signal the arrival of a major new talent in the world of International cinema.

New video work  by Monika K. Adler: Memoire Involontaire.

The Grandson of a Gulag prisoner suffers from historical trauma resulting from a cataclysmic history of genocide across generations. The collective emotional and psychological injuries cause unsettled emotional trauma and depression. He tries to purify and heal memories.

Performance: Aeon Rose

Photography: Monika K. Adler | David Rice

Directed by: Monika K. Adler 

PRESS | EXHIBITIONS  SCREENINGS 2013
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PRESS 2013
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2013 - RECENT WORK BY Trinity ∴ | Publication Design and Production for the book: THE AMBIVALENT BODY: ON THE SHORT FILMS OF MONIKA K. ADLER BY ROBERT SMART. Digital Edition of the Full Publication can be viewed online at: http://bit.ly/18SLA6K
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2013 - Monika K. Adler catalogue “Selected Works 2003-2013”, Trinity News, London & Oslo.http://aligntrinity.com/tag/monika-k-adler/
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2013 - Monika K. Adler catalogue “Selected Works 2003-2013” - designed and produced by Trinity ∴ London & Oslo, http://bit.ly/1baHcm5
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2013 - The Ambivalent Body: On The Short Films Of Monika K. Adler (Essay) - Robert Smart
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2013 - Review Of Monika K. Adler’s Photographic Work: A Psychological Perspective (Essay) Kevin Zdaniecki 
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2013 - In a Cult of their own Slavery (W kulcie własnego niewolnictwa) Interview with Monika K. Adler - Piotr Gulbicki - The Polish Journal (Dziennik Polski, London - September, 2013) 
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2013 -  Monika K. Adler’s Film-works at Edinburgh Festival Fringe Film Festival 2013 - Trinity News, London & Oslo.http://aligntrinity.com/2013/07/01/monika-k-adlers-film-works-at-edinburgh-festival-fringe-film-festival-2013/
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2013 - Monika K. Adler’s film: Wolfe von Lenkiewicz - Portrait of the artist showing in Amsterdam, 22nd May 2013 - Trinity News, London & Oslo.
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2013 - Monika K. Adler: A black and white world of wonder, drawn from the mundane - White Coffee Magazine, July, 2013
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2013 - Monika K. Adler at Edinburgh Film Festival - White
Coffee Magazine, August, 2013
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2013 - Monika K. Adler and Douglas Park - Parking Garage,Seul, Korea, August,  http://parkingarage.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/monika-k-adler-douglas-park.html
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2013 - Monika K. Adler’s latest film-work Mutability (2013) - feature - TetraktysMag | http://tetraktysmag.com/?p=4338
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Portrait of DOUGLAS PARK, 2013 by Monika K. Adler on the artist’s recent Audio Album ‘Greatest Hits’, produced in collaboration with Rut Blees Luxemburg & Keef Winter/ BRUNO GLINT Gallery/ Allotrope Press 
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2013 - VOGUE Italia (Photovogue May - June)
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2013 - Coyote by Monika K. Adler - In My Bed Magazine: Sex Addiction Issue - In My Bed Magazine, Toronto, Canada, July - August, 2013
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EXHIBITIONS AND FILM SCREENINGS 2013:
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2013 - The Nihilist International Film Festival, Highways Performance Space, Santa Monica, California, USA.
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2013 -  Human Emotion Project “Love & Hate”, Artreview , 1 Honduras Street London EC1Y0TH, United Kingdom
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2013 - Art:screen: All Woman -  Gislaveds konsthall, Sweden
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2013 - SIMULTAN FESTIVAL 2013 - ‘Popular Unknown’ -  Sinagoga din Cetate Timisoara, Romania  
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2013 - Douglasism Festival - curated by Kim Kim Gallery, Seoul - National Press Gallery Seoul, Korea and Ilmin Museum, Seoul, Korea. 
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2013 - Feminism in London - The Institute of Education, London, UK
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2013 - Screening: Purification - Exploding Cinema, London, UK 
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2013 - A Retrospective of the Film works of Monika K. Adler - The Edinburgh Festival Film Festival: C-the-Film, The Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh, UK
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2013 - Screening: Shame and Purification - Magmart, International Video Festival - Italy
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2013 - Wolfe Von Lenkiewicz - Portrait Of The Artist - Shortcutz Amsterdam, Netherlands.
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2013 - In The Eyes of Women - Festival of Art and Music Evolution, Canary Wharf, London, UK
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2013 - Exploding Cinema at MS Stubnitz, Canary Wharf, London, UK
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2013 - Artists with iPhones - curated by Anders Weberg, Stockholm, Sweden.
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2013 - Misery of my Soul - Human Emotion Project, London, UK
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2013 - One Billion Rising Arts Festival: Arts Against Violence, London, UK
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2013 - Bodies of silence #3: When Words Are Made Flesh - curated Giulia Casalini at Cuntemporary - Platform, Netil House, London, UK.
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2013 - Chinese Open 2013 - Q Park, Chinatown, Soho, London, UK
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THANK YOU,
Kind Regards,
Monika K. Adler

RECENT WORK BY Trinity ∴ | Publication Design and Production for the book: The Ambivalent Body: On The Short Films of Monika K. Adler by Robert Smart. 

A study of the work of Polish artist / filmmaker Monika K. Adler by American writer and film critic Robert Smart. “Historical violence haunts the short films of Monika K. Adler. The bodies of her female protagonists are carriers of traumatic memory. Even apparently consensual encounters carry this residue of past horrors.”

Digital Edition of the Full Publication can be viewed online at:http://issuu.com/aligntrinity/docs/monika_k_adler_by_robert_smart_f3_i

The Ambivalent Body: On The Short Films of Monika K. Adler | Robert SmartA study of the work of Polish artist/filmmaker Monika K. Adler by American writer and film critic Robert Smart. “Historical violence haunts the short films of Monika K. Adler. The bodies of her female protagonists are carriers of traumatic memory. Even apparently consensual encounters carry this residue of past horrors.” Publication design and production by Trinity ∴ London & Oslo. www.aligntrinity.com www.facebook.com/AlignTrinity

The Ambivalent Body: On The Short Films of Monika K. Adler | Robert Smart
A study of the work of Polish artist/filmmaker Monika K. Adler by American writer and film critic Robert Smart. “Historical violence haunts the short films of Monika K. Adler. The bodies of her female protagonists are carriers of traumatic memory. Even apparently consensual encounters carry this residue of past horrors.” Publication design and production by Trinity ∴ London & Oslo. www.aligntrinity.com www.facebook.com/AlignTrinity

19 NOV 2013 | Monika K. Adler’s video work “Misery of my Soul”showing in Human Emotion Project “Love & Hate” at Artreview 1 Honduras Street London EC1Y0TH 7-9.20 pm
Human Emotion Project aims to capture and interpret an array of HUMAN emotions through sound, video and film in an international collaboration of artists. We have screened to date in many countries and will continue to traverse the art world as long as people support us and provide venues for the screening of these works. Human Emotion Project has always been about sharing, about reaching out and the power of collaboration. Crossing borders by means of art. HEP has relied mostly on technology to traverse the globe and bring talented artists together. HEP finds venues by mutual participation and reciprocal favor. Without any costs to the artists involved, no submission fees and no financial gain whatsoever by HEP or any of the curators that run HEP shows. HEP screens cross culturally; we have artists from different religions, viewpoints, political standings; all working side by side in harmony and we present their different opinions and ways of expressing art to you by use of the moving image. 
HEP is about showing and projecting human emotion as expressed individually and interpreted by each artist accepted into the group. How does one hang on to “love” ? How does one get close to emotional truth, in a world full of rigid control where even the expression of an emotion is often frowned upon. Humans are taught emotional control from a young age – “control your feelings”, “control yourself” and to not show what they feel in public because it could be construed of as a sign of weakness. As an artist I lay myself bare and many of the artists in HEP have done the same. Human emotion is the one thing that everyone can relate to and the collection of Human Emotion Project works over time make for a very interesting artistic statement about the human race. "Love and Hate" was the concept to try to adhere to for the London screening to be hosted by Artreview. We feel that the planet needs a good dose of rejuvenating energy. The antithesis of love and peace would be hatred and war and the planet has seen much of this in recent times; well ongoing and that is a sad fact. We will include works that show human nature at its most severe and also works that elevate mankind embracing his better nature. What man is capable of, his appetite for destruction and his inhumanity to his fellow man never ceases to astound us. It is time for a new planet, a new wave of enthusiasm, a refreshed revised thinking. The use of art to make people aware, a mirror of contemporary society at large is what we are primarily concerned with. HEP project screens many different artists and filmmakers side by side without prejudice, so works that denounce a particular religion or group or country are never considered suitable. We hope that those that attend the show will enjoy some of the interpretations of human emotion by the selection of represented artists. (Alison Williams - HEP Founder, Director & Curator RSA)

19 NOV 2013 | Monika K. Adler’s video work “Misery of my Soul”
showing in Human Emotion Project “Love & Hate” at Artreview 
1 Honduras Street London EC1Y0TH 7-9.20 pm

Human Emotion Project aims to capture and interpret an array of HUMAN emotions through sound, video and film in an international collaboration of artists. We have screened to date in many countries and will continue to traverse the art world as long as people support us and provide venues for the screening of these works. Human Emotion Project has always been about sharing, about reaching out and the power of collaboration. Crossing borders by means of art. HEP has relied mostly on technology to traverse the globe and bring talented artists together. HEP finds venues by mutual participation and reciprocal favor. Without any costs to the artists involved, no submission fees and no financial gain whatsoever by HEP or any of the curators that run HEP shows. HEP screens cross culturally; we have artists from different religions, viewpoints, political standings; all working side by side in harmony and we present their different opinions and ways of expressing art to you by use of the moving image. 

HEP is about showing and projecting human emotion as expressed individually and interpreted by each artist accepted into the group. How does one hang on to “love” ? How does one get close to emotional truth, in a world full of rigid control where even the expression of an emotion is often frowned upon. Humans are taught emotional control from a young age – “control your feelings”, “control yourself” and to not show what they feel in public because it could be construed of as a sign of weakness. As an artist I lay myself bare and many of the artists in HEP have done the same. Human emotion is the one thing that everyone can relate to and the collection of Human Emotion Project works over time make for a very interesting artistic statement about the human race. 
"Love and Hate" was the concept to try to adhere to for the London screening to be hosted by Artreview. We feel that the planet needs a good dose of rejuvenating energy. The antithesis of love and peace would be hatred and war and the planet has seen much of this in recent times; well ongoing and that is a sad fact. We will include works that show human nature at its most severe and also works that elevate mankind embracing his better nature. What man is capable of, his appetite for destruction and his inhumanity to his fellow man never ceases to astound us. It is time for a new planet, a new wave of enthusiasm, a refreshed revised thinking. The use of art to make people aware, a mirror of contemporary society at large is what we are primarily concerned with. HEP project screens many different artists and filmmakers side by side without prejudice, so works that denounce a particular religion or group or country are never considered suitable. 
We hope that those that attend the show will enjoy some of the interpretations of human emotion by the selection of represented artists. 
(Alison Williams - HEP Founder, Director & Curator RSA)

A film by Monika K. Adler The Beauty of the Shadow: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3045392/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_1
showing in The Nihilist International Film Festival. 

http://nihilists.net/film.html

The 2013 Nihilist Film Festival will be held at the Highways Performance Space: 
https://www.facebook.com/highwaysperformance 
http://highwaysperformance.org/highways/

on Friday, December 13 at 8:30. 

The Highways Performance Space is located at 1651 Eighteenth Street in Santa Monica, California, USA.

"For the forteenth year, the Nihilist Cultural Foundation presented the Nihilist International Film Festival. This year’s evening of films will be presented at the Highways Performance Space. 

Festival Director Elisha Shapiro commented, “Forteen years of hilariously offensive short films…I really thought we would have caused the rapture by now. Guess there’s no downside to mocking all that’s holy.”

As a special feature, all those who bring their own televisions and arrive fifteen minutes early will be able to include their appliances in the traditional ritual Blessing of the Televisions featuring the high priestess of performance art, Anna Homler.”

Portrait of DOUGLAS PARK, 2013 by Monika K. Adler on the artist’s recent Audio Album ‘Greatest Hits’
Portrait of DOUGLAS PARK, 2013 by Monika K. Adler on the artist’s recent Audio Album ‘Greatest Hits’, produced in collaboration with Rut Blees Luxemburg & Keef Winter/ BRUNO GLINT Gallery/ Allotrope Press 
London Launch Event Coming Soon… 

Portrait of DOUGLAS PARK, 2013 by Monika K. Adler on the artist’s recent Audio Album ‘Greatest Hits’

Portrait of DOUGLAS PARK, 2013 by Monika K. Adler on the artist’s recent Audio Album ‘Greatest Hits’, produced in collaboration with Rut Blees Luxemburg & Keef Winter/ BRUNO GLINT Gallery/ Allotrope Press 

London Launch Event Coming Soon…