Interview with Marge Monko

Marge Monko (born 1976) is an artist living and working in Tallinn, Estonia. She studied at the Estonian Academy of Arts (MA in Photography, 2008) and at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Monko’s main mediums are photography and video. She has examined psychoanalysis and its impact on gender representation in visual culture. Recently she has been focusing on gendered work in the context of paradigmatic changes in labour policies.

Monko has had solo exhibitions in Tallinn and Helsinki and participated in several group exhibitions, such as Manifesta 9 (Genk, Belgium, 2012), curated by Cuathémoc Medina, and the Biennale of Young Artists in Tallinn (2007), curated by Rael Artel and Anneli Porri. Monko currently teaches in the Photography Department at the Estonian Academy of Arts, and is a member of the feminist reading group The Elfriede Jelinek School of English Language.

The interview with Marge Monko was conducted by Sven Spieker in Tallinn in May 2012.


Sven Spieker (Los Angeles/Berlin)
Sven Spieker is a founding editor of ARTMargins. A curator and researcher, he specializes in European modernism, with an emphasis on the Eastern European avant-gardes, postwar and contemporary literature and art (especially in Eastern and Central Europe), and critical theory. His work has been published in Russian, German, Swedish, Korean, Polish, Romanian, and Spanish. Spieker's publications include Destruction (ed., MIT Press/Whitechapel 2017); The Big Archive: Art from Bureaucracy (MIT Press, 2008; Korean translation, 2013); The Imprints of Terror: The Rhetoric of Violence and the Violence of Rhetoric in Modern Russian Culture (ed., with Anna Brodsky and Mark Lipovetsky, Vienna, 2006); Bürokratische Leidenschaften. Kultur- und Mediengeschichte im Archiv (ed., Kadmos, 2004). Spieker teaches at the University of California, Santa Barbara (USA) and lives in Los Angeles and Berlin.