“In this book, Monika Macdonald focuses on the masculine. While her images echo classical pictorial iconography in their treatment of the nude, pose or light, she draws portraits that are far removed from the traditional representations of the virility and beauty of the men she observes.
Monika Macdonald, once again, shatters norms. It is about flesh, disorder, doubts, the vulnerability of body, mind and feelings.
She organizes posing sessions behind closed doors, and these face-to-face sessions sometimes seem so trying, so much so that the photographer/photographed relationship is pushed to its ultimate limits. The result is moving images, whether derisory, soft or raw, burlesque even: moments of abandonment, introspection or letting go, almost of madness.
The photographer attempts here to explore the condition of man, stripped of false pretences and simulacra, far from the assigned and established roles.
And these men, under the watchful and benevolent gaze of Monika Macdonald, are of a confounding and disturbing beauty.
Caroline Benichou, VU’ Gallery
“Hulls is a photographic essay about my encounter with “man” in a given space, without any limitations. An intimate piece to lose control of oneself. I try to establish links and investigate their quest for escape, trust, belonging or resistance. I want to play with romanticism, self-confidence, or lack of confidence, the vulnerability of the body”.