Marge Monko (1976) is an Estonian visual artist based in Tallinn. She works with photography, video and installation. She has studied photography and visual arts in Tallinn and Vienna, and in 2013–2015 she participated in a studio programme at HISK (Higher Institute for Contemporary Art, Ghent, Belgium). Some of her recent exhibitions include Stones Against Diamonds at Museum Folkwang (Essen, Germany), RIBOCA – Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (Latvia), Crush at Para Site (Hong Kong, China), Let It Grow. The Future at Innsbruck International – Biennial of the Arts (Austria).
Marge Monko’s photo installation consists of three vintage advertisements and LED lights. On the appropriated photos with the titles Angel Eye, Hawk Eye and Demon Eye, graceful female hands are holding consumer goods – porcelain, skin oil and lingerie. The different shapes of LED lamps mounted on the images are used in car and motorcycle lights.
A pair of hands is a recurrent motif in Monko’s work. She is interested in the ways they are depicted on advertising photos as display tools – as stands, pedestals, plinths, etc. for presenting the objects.
These works can also be seen as photo objects, not only because the lights installed on them are transforming the images into three-dimensional objects but also because they can function as light sources.