Monika K. Adler

Monika K. Adler

Director and Screenwriter

London, England

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About Monika

Monika K. Adler is an acclaimed photographer and avant-garde filmmaker, known for her challenging and provocative photography and experimental films. Her works have shown in hundreds of film festivals, art museums and galleries worldwide.

These have included: Gwangju Biennale, South Korea; Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, UK; House of the Parliament of the United Kingdom; Lagos Photo Festival 20: Home Museum; Photo London, Somerset House, London, UK; Rankin 2020 #Self – Sky Arts; Saint Germain Photo Festival, Paris, France: UK; Gislaveds Konsthall, Sweden; Cannes FF, The State Museum of Gulag, Moscow; West Den Haag, The Hague, Netherlands; CICA Museum, Czong Institute of Contemporary Art, South Korea; Museum of Image and Sound, Florianopolis, Brazil; Edinburgh International Festival, BBC 100 Women, London; The National Art Gallery Wozownia, Torun; Poland; Façade Video Art Festival, Plovdiv, Bulgaria; National Press Gallery Seoul, Korea; Ilmin Museum, Seoul, Korea; Museum of New Art, Detroit; London Arts Festival; Films On Art, Portugal; EAI, San Diego; Zeta Art Center & Gallery, Tirana, Albania; Sobering Gallery, Paris; National Institute of Fine Arts, Tetouan, Morocco; Sala Rekalde, Bilbao, Spain; Galerie La Tour, Paris and the Second International Festival of Photography, Lodz, Poland.

She is best known her avant-garde films such as The Beauty of the Shadow, 2011, Chernobyl of Love, 2012, Purification, 2012, Misery of my soul, 2012, Wolfe von Lenkiewicz – Portrait of the artist, 2012, Come back to the trees, 2013, Mutability, 2013, On being an Angel, 2014, Involuntary Memory, 2014, Simone de Beauvoir told me, 2016, Melancholia, 2020 as-well as the photography collections: The Truth, 2020, Maldives of Consciousness 2019-2021, Nokturn, 2002, Sacred Flesh, 2003, Towards Abyssinia, 2016-2018, Yggdrasil, 2015-2018, Mademoiselle Guillotine, 2004, Travel no End 2005-2018, Chernobyl of love, 2011, Anxiety & Neurosis, 2012-2018, Existence, 2013-2018, Coyote, 2013-2018 and Beyond Time, 2014-2019.

Monika K. Adler’s films and image-based works have been the subject of a number of academic studies and essays and published in numerous magazines and publications.


House of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, London, UK

Home Museum, Lagos Photo 2020, Lagos Nigeria

COVID-19 ARCHIVE, Public Source, United Kingdom

COVID PICTURES Collection, Portland, United States

Museu Quinta da Cruz, Centro de Arte Contemporânea, Viseu, Portugal

Simultan Festival Archive ( Come back to the trees, 2013)

The New Museum of Networked Art: WOW Jubilee, 2020

Lusted Men / Une collection d’images érotiques d’hommes, Brussels, Belgium.


Rankin’s 2020 – The Best Pictures of the Year – Sky News – Short Listed (Work in the program and photography book inclusion)

209 Women, UK Parliament, London – 2019 (Selected/Exhibited)

100 Heroines – Royal Photography Society, London, UK – 2018 (Nomination)

Christie’s First Open – Christie’s Auction House, London, UK – 2015 (Short – Listed)

Golden Hare – Film Awards on Films on Art – Portugal – 2014 (Nomination)


“Historical violence haunts the short films of Monika K. Adler. The bodies of her female protagonists are carriers of traumatic memory. Even apparently consensual encounters carry this residue of past horrors. The contagion of mass violence, invading waves of fanatics inspired by the pure rage of true belief to shattering acts of violation and subjugation inform every frame of Adler’s films. Yet her short films are intimate and minimal, the majority of them limited to two figures, one male, one female; domestic melodramas of desire, estrangement, sorrow and rage. The males however continue to carry with them the threat or at least the echo of the past’s marauding ravagers or act as inheritors and enforcers of oppressive and brutal orthodoxies: The women appear perpetually trapped in scenarios of betrayal, disappointment, subjugation and reduction, frequently if unknowingly complicit in their own bad outcomes.”

: Robert Smart, The Ambivalent Body: On The Short Films Of Monika K. Adler, London, 2013.

“Cutting across boundaries between consciousness and unconsciousness, or of time, race or culture, Monika K. Adler’s work exhibits and offers engagement: embracing anxieties, neurosis or delusions, which themselves can be full of all hidden secrets and/or memories (as in trauma related experiences and memories) of actual history (e.g. in terms of bodily and emotional abuse) in terms of our current state of being, ‘the now’. So eventually, with the power of the strength gained from coming through distress and suffering, liberation of the self as individual can be possible.”

: Drs Kevin Zdaniecki, Review Of Monika K. Adler’s Photographic Work: A Psychological Perspective, London, 2013.


  • Sick Bacchus

    Sick Bacchus (2016 - 2020)
    Film by Director (Drama and Horror) Writer/Director SICK BACCHUS:

  • Simone de Beauvoir told me

    Simone de Beauvoir told me (2016)
    Video by Monika K. Adler Director Simone de Beauvoir told us that for woman there is no other way out than to work for her liberation. In her video-art work “Simone de Beauvoir told me…” artist and filmmaker Monika K. Adler employs the art historical tradition of the ‘portrait-miniature’ to communicate and recontextualise de Beauvoir’s iconic words through a cyclical mirror performance with an unexpected conclusion.

  • On Being an Angel

    On Being an Angel (2014)
    Film (Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Biography and 1 More) Director A metaphorical meditation on the suicide of the American artist Francesca Woodman.

  • Involuntary Memory

    Involuntary Memory (2014)
    Film (Short) Director The descendant of a Gulag internee undergoes repressed trauma borne from a history of genocide across generations. He attempts to exorcise the still present collective memory through a disturbing re-enactment.

  • The Beauty of the Shadow

    The Beauty of the Shadow (2013)
    Film (Drama, Mystery, Thriller and Short) Director Scandalous love affair between catholic priest, young man and his girlfriend Monika.Studium of the darkest desires and instincts.

  • Mutability

    Mutability (2013)
    Film (Drama, Mystery, Thriller and Short) Director Psychiatrist Dr Karl Adler is troubled by the memory of an illegally performed autopsy he carried out on a former patient 'Monika' - a young woman who suffered from a complex delusional disorder which manifested itself in the falsification and acting out in real life of numerous elaborate online identities and histories. Her death evokes in him an existential crisis. He meditates on the bounds that separate life and death, and concocts a maladjusted theory which negates spirituality and glorifies corporeal biology. In this, his own delusion, he considers the subject of his dysfunctional case-study 'dead but still alive' and decides to give her something which she can take with her to the afterlife... Written by Anonymous

  • Wolfe von Lenkiewicz

    Wolfe von Lenkiewicz (2013)
    Film (Documentary, Biography and Short) Director British contemporary artist Wolfe Von Lenkiewicz recounts a narrative about the northern renaissance painter Hieronymus Bosch which reflects upon authenticity in art in context with his 2012 series of large-scale paintings which reconfigured the Dutch master's iconic works such as The Garden of Earthly Delights (c.1490) and The Haywain Triptych (c.1516) into a 'post-historic, trans-cultural manuscripts'. Written by Anonymous

  • Come Back to the Trees

    Come Back to the Trees (2013)
    Film (Adventure, Crime, Drama and Short) Director She-wolf, a post-matriarchal trickster figure, and twelve young women,her female shamans, are waiting for the messenger with their holy communion, which comes from the body of a murdered man.

  • Misery of My Soul

    Misery of My Soul (2013)
    Video by Monika K. Adler Director MONIKA K. ADLER “Misery of my soul, 2013, 2’58 In memory of Oksana Makar. Performance (SASHA) Premiere: BODIES OF SILENCE #3 WHEN WORDS ARE MADE FLESH curated by Cuntemporary for One Billion Rising.

  • Chernobyl of Love

    Chernobyl of Love (2012)
    Film (Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller and 1 More) Director In a hotel in Kiev a young women after murdering a man, is consuming his brain. Her act of cannibalism evokes traumatic memories which take us to the Red Forest near the abandoned town of Chernobyl in the Ukraine. It relates through harsh, visceral yet at once luxuriant imagery a depiction of humanity's deepest, darkest, and basest of instincts framed within the context of love story. It is a study of the psychopathology of young women whose traumatic past leads her to commit a crime. As with the horrific aftermath and social impact of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster the film is an account, and meditation upon emotional barbarism and the destruction of human relationships Written by Anonymous.

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