In a remote landscape near Bordeaux, Mona Kuhn owns a little house: simple, bare and even without electricity. Kuhn travels here each year to entertain family and friends as they drop by. Bordeaux Series contains portraits of these people dear to Kuhn made over the last four years, as well as landscape photographs. Kuhn photographs her subjects in the same room with a red fabric backdrop and a chair, so that the nudity of each sitter is the only indication of his or her idiosyncrasies. A sequel to Kuhn’s Native (2009), Bordeaux Series is a sensual exploration of the contemporary nude.
Mona Kuhn was born in Brazil in 1969, is of German descent and now lives in Los Angeles. She received her BA from Ohio State University before studying at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1996 and at The Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles in 1999. Steidl has published Kuhn's Photographs (2004), Evidence (2007) and Native (2009).
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