29. September 2021

Buchpräsentation im Dialog: Maruša Sagadin & Marge Monko


Maruša Sagadin, A Happy Hippie & Marge Monko, Diamonds Against Stones

Maruša Sagadin, A Happy Hippie
Edited by Christian Hoffelner, Maruša Sagadin
Texts by Paul Knight, Miriam Stoney
Book design by CH Studio
Published by Spector Books, 2021

Marge Monko, Diamonds Against Stones
Edited by Thomas Seelig
Texts by Thomas Seelig, Paul Kuimet, Maren Lübbke-Tidow
Book design by Helmut Völter
Published by Museum Folkwang and Spector Books, 2019

Maruša Sagadin and Marge Monko will introduce their books in a conversation, touching upon their art practices, the decisions related to making an artist book, the artist writing and their collaborative projects. The presentation will take place at the Herz-Bar, the artists´ bar built by Maruša Sagadin at the Secession in 2018. In the beginning of next year, Monko and Sagadin will have their first collaborative projects presented at Hobusepea Gallery, Tallinn and Autarkia, Vilnius.

A Happy Hippie is a monograph by Maruša Sagadin. Its title derives from a sculpture of the same name made by the artist and reproduced in the book for the first time. The publication is divided into two interlocking narratives with associations that weave and twine together. In the first part, English author Miriam Stoney takes a leisurely look at the artist’s drawings, sketches, collages and photos of models. In the second part, photographs of installations, sculptures, and objects are accompanied by a short story by Paul Knight “An Infinite Surface” is a sensitive excursus mediated by the fictional character Karl, who describes surfaces in the contingent stream of capricious connections to objects and interpersonal experiences. The book goes in search of an inclusive form of negotiation between the city, politics, and society and their spatial consequences and social framework.

Marge Monko is an artist based in Tallinn. In 2018, she had a solo show in Folkwang Museum, and its catalogue Stones Against Diamonds was published by Spector books with the texts by Paul Kuimet, Thomas Seelig and Maren Lübbke-Tidow.

Marge Monko’s work revolves around the role models society offers to women and men, using her own photographs coupled, above all, with found pictures from the world of advertising that she appropriates and re-contextualizes. She explores how things have been presented in applied and essayistic photography and looks at how these pictures can be read today. Her large-scale installations reveal the rhetoric of wishes and desires that create this imagery. In her most recent group of works “Woman of the World, Raise Your Right Hand” she examines the successful campaign run by the British diamond trading company De Beers, which in the early 2000s focused on the independent and self-reliant woman as a new target group for its luxury brand.