Tallinn Photomonth '17 01.09–29.10.2017

Flawless, Seamless

Marge Monko


Freedom square

Sketch for installation Flawless, Seamless. Courtesy of artist and Ani Molnár gallery

The large two-piece banner represents a photo of stocking advertisement produced in US in the 1930s found in the book Photography in the Modern Advertisement printed in 1937. The photograph depicts a woman’s hands demonstrating the transparency of the stocking. Transparency is one of the keywords of the installation – first, that of the stockings in the photograph, and second, the transparency of the mesh banner that allows the oversized hands to communicate with the architectural environment that forms its backdrop.


In recent years, Monko has been interested in the representation of femininity in advertising images and window displays. She has appropriated ads of tights, wrist watches and jewellery for her work.


Marge Monko is an artist and a professor of the Department of Photography at Estonian Academy of Arts. She is working with photography, video and installation. Since 2007, she has been exhibiting her work in Estonia and abroad.


Thank you: Neeme Külm, Jaana Jüris, Marje Eelma (Tuumik Studio)