Native. Photographs by Mona Kuhn. Text by Shelley Rice,Wayne V. Andersen.
Steidl Photography International.
“This work started as a personal journey. Metaphorically, I was thinking
of a bird that flies back into the forest, searching for its childhood nest.
The images here are a creation of my abstracted wishes and dreams. As I
was searching, instead of home, I found an empty past, just traces of it.
Yet,my journey was filled with new friendships and discoveries made
along the way,” writes Los Angeles-based photographer Mona Kuhn
about her journey back to her native Brazil after 20 years. Her third photobook,
Native unfolds slowly, as a dreamy narration of this adult exploration
of her childhood home. Photographed in the rainforest and surrounding
city area, the images are suffused with a deep green, gold and
pink palette. Native is accompanied by an essay from critic Shelley Rice.