Aperture is pleased to release a new limited-edition photograph by artist Mona Kuhn. Acclaimed for her contemporary, intimate depictions of the human form, Kuhn takes a new direction into abstraction in her latest series, She Disappeared into Complete Silence, which was recently featured in the “Los Angeles” issue of Aperture magazine. In this photograph of a golden modernist structure on the edge of Joshua Tree National Park, architectural lines, light reflections, and a single figure have been carefully balanced against the backdrop of the California desert.

In Kuhn's words, “She Disappeared into Complete Silence was photographed in a glass house where the golden light enters unobstructed. Conceptually speaking, this glass house with mirrored ceilings was an extension of my own camera and optics.

“I was drawn to the desert because of its magical light and raw mystic landscape. The house itself is a minimal structure held mostly together by glass. These translucent surfaces offered a great setting for reflections and at times worked as a prism for the light. 

“Together with a longtime friend, Jacintha, we experimented with reflections, shadows, and illusions, and created images that push the boundaries of representation. I wanted to escape the body and photograph the human presence coming in and out of evidence, at times overexposed, at times hidden in shadows, like a desert mirage, a solitary figure who could have been the very first or last.”


Mona Kuhn was born in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1969, of German descent. In 1989, Kuhn moved to the US and earned her BA from The Ohio State University, before furthering her studies at the San Francisco Art Institute.  She is currently an independent scholar at The Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. Kuhn’s first monograph, Photographs, was debuted by Steidl in 2004; followed by Evidence (2007), Native (2010), Bordeaux Series (2011),  Private (2014), Bushes and Succulents (Stanley Barker Books), and She Disappeared into Complete Silence (Steidl). Kuhn’s work is in private and public collections worldwide, including The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Hammer Museum, Perez Art Museum Miami, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Kiyosato Museum in Japan.  Kuhn's work has been exhibited at The Louvre Museum and Le Bal in Paris; The Whitechapel Gallery and Royal Academy of Arts in London; Musée de l’Elysée in Switzerland; Leopold Museum in Vienna, and Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney. Mona Kuhn lives and works in Los Angeles.

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