Monika is the anonymous journal of art and culture. It began as, and remains, a labour of love; a bit of fun; a challenge inspired by a contemporary art scene that tends to put too much weight on a name. Some might say Monika’s premise is annoying, some find it refreshing.
Monika 3 is available as a strictly limited edition of 500 hand-numbered copies showcasing the work of some of the more exciting artists and writers active today. Our contributors come from all over the world, we’ll just leave it to you to work out who they are.
Curated around the theme ‘Wildlife’, Monika 3 explores how creative people have been inspired by the wild to do, or depict, the strangest things. It comprises an assortment of short fiction, essays, interviews, artists’ projects and uniquely commissioned illustration, presented as a full colour magazine that makes the most of what print has to offer.
Monika 3 highlights include behind-the-scenes photographs of Vienna’s Museum of Natural History and discussions with performance artists working atop mountains and across deserts. We hear how a gorilla inspired a cinematographer and a crew of beatnik journalists; we learn about the extraordinary life of botanist Maria Sybilla Merian and we wonder what the other human species may have thought of us.
Monika is an experiment first launched at the Royal College of Art graduate show in 2009. Previous issues have featured in, among others, It’s Nice That, Wallpaper* (Jan 2010), Creative Review (blog & Aug 2011), WAD (Oct 2010) and two books from Gestalten entitled Turning Pages and Behind the Zines: Self Publishing Culture. Monika is published intermittently: whenever its makers have the gumption, or guts, to do so.
Monika III – Wildlife
Launch: November 2013
138pp, full colour, gatefold cover and mixed paper stocks
“Wherever you stand on the starting point it’s
undoubtedly a fine-looking object, designed with
a clarity and skill that anchors it well away
from self indulgent pretentiousness.
Welcome back Monika.”
It’s Nice That, London
“An altogether more enjoyable and stimulating
read than most other magazines.”
Design Museum Shop, London
“Engaging essays, short stories
and photography packaged
in a handsome design.”
Dossier, New York
“Masterfully written stories, intimate, and
seasoned with a little oddity… Monika is
part of the current new media who manage
to discover and give a new look to the
Edno, Sophia, Issue 85
“We’re seeing a reinvention in the publishing
industry. Monika’s mission takes away the
stardom of its writers, and makes readers
focus much more on the quality of writing.
Plus it’s not bad to look at, either.”
LSN: Global, London
“In addition to an eye-catching, clean layout,
the magazine’s unique, intellectual approach
to its subjects sets it apart from the majority
of magazines out there today.”
Black Book, New York
“A compelling vision antithetical to
today’s world. Success to her.”
284 Brazil, Sao Paulo