Monica Nouwens

“In Los Angeles, the city becomes electric when it gets dark.”

About Monica

Monica Nouwens is a fellow of the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam and studied at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).

Nouwens has photographed Los Angeles and Angelinos for more then twenty-five years. Nouwens is noted for intimate and provocative portraits amidst continuously synthetic landscapes of decadence and decay. Focus of her work is on sustainable and diverse communities living outside the given economic structure of America.

In Los Angeles, the city becomes electric when it gets dark. For photographer Monica Nouwens, it’s these hours after sunset when Los Angeles is most vibrant and alive in its diversity and spirit. Nouwens’ latest body of work is comprised of her experiences after dark on the streets of South East Los Angeles and is, in many ways, a love letter to the City of Angels.

In her pictures, photographed in a distinctly cinematic aesthetic reminiscent of old Hollywood noir, Nouwens captures the faces and scenes of those Los Angelinos who contribute to the cultural mosaic of the city.

Nouwens has exhibited widely, including one-person shows at Photography Museum Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, Ron Mandos Gallery as well as artist- run spaces and venues such as Rainbow in Spanish and Pehrspace in Los Angeles. She participated in group shows at J. Paul Getty Museum Los Angeles, World Aids Day on Times Square NY, Netherlands Photography Museum Rotterdam, Quotidian Gallery and Annenberg Space for Photography.

Nouwens has been a lecturer at the University of California, Irvine, Southern California Institute of Architecture, California Institute of the Arts, University of Leiden, Willem de Kooning Academy, Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico, and Canadian Center for Architecture (CCA) in Montreal. Nouwens is the recipient of the Graham Foundation Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts Award, Mondrian Foundation and Amsterdam Foundation for the Arts.

On display for one week beginning 7.16.21
Helms Design Center at 8745 Washington Boulevard 

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