Monika Macdonald In Absence

26 Feb 2016 – 10 Apr 2016

Event times

Opening Hours
Sunday – Wednesday
9:00 am – 11: 00 pm
Thursday – Saturday
9:00 am – 1:00am

Cost of entry

SEK 120

Students and Seniors
SEK 90

Children under the age of 12
Free admission

Groups (minimum 25 visitors)
SEK 90

Members of Fotografiska Family
Free admission

It’s possible to pay the entrance fee by invoice for groups of 10 or more, for a cost of SEK 50.


Stockholms län, Sweden


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“But I don’t want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.” Aldous Huxley, Brave New World.


That which is found in the absence of definitions and is everyday flesh and blood: abandoned – born, divorced – newly found, singles – solitaires…

“We are looking forward immensely to presenting Monika Macdonald’s intriguing photography, which possesses an idiom all of its own. Her ability to communicate under the surface that which would otherwise be left unsaid is simply astonishing”, says Pauline Benthede, Exhibition Manager at Fotografiska.

The exhibition at Fotografiska is accompanied by the catalogue In Absence, published by renowned German publisher Kehrer Verlag and designed by Patric Leo, comprising 40 poetic and evocative images that jump out of the page, demanding our attention.
“There is a kind of erotic magnetism emanating from the people portrayed, rather than originating in the eye of the beholder. Instead of enticing interaction, it is an invitation to peek into a private world”, Monika Macdonald explains.

What is going on in the interspace that is left open for interpretation? What is it like to live together in different constellations?

Macdonald has chosen to portray mothers who live in a situation where the nuclear family is not the obvious norm, but neither do they want to be de ned on the basis of a simplified image of upright womanhood. Finding new forms of community is an ongoing process, a crooked path with no given or simple answers. It has little to do with definitions of good and bad emotions; it is a place where women are neither completely evil nor completely good, neither against one another, nor against men. Instead, here everything has its place, from introspection to lounging on the sofa, from sensual negligees to tender kisses between unwashed curtains of hair. That which is other- wise not visible – that which occurs In Absence.

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