Monica Lek is an internationally recognized and exhibited photographer and director. Monica graduated from Barcelona’s prestigious Instituto Europeo Di Design (IED) in 2011 with BFA in Art Direction & Advertising. She then studied at Central Saint Martins in London and graduated with a MFA in Photography. Her education continued in New York at the School of Visual Arts, where she graduated in 2014 with a degree in Social Documentary Film.
Monica is the director and cinematographer of the upcoming documentary short MARUVA, which tells the story of a transgender woman in Istanbul who struggles to overcome societal prejudice, working the sex industry and being disowned by her family in order to live her truth. Monica dedicated 3 years in Istanbul to capture this meaningful and timely piece.
Monica’s portrait series entitled “My Neighbors” (2013) features intimate and personal photographs of passerbys in New York, and the collection was featured at the USA/Spanish Embassy Hall in Washington, DC, Miami Art Basel, the Cervantes Institute in New York and the Museum of Photography in Florida as well as covered by news organizations such as the Huffington Post and Le Monde.
Monica is also accomplished in commercial photography; her work as a Still Photographer can be seen in the film ASSASSINATION NATION, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and in the HBO Films Production PATERNO, directed by Barry Levinson.
Monica is now working on the post production of her first film starring Odessa Young (A Million Little Pieces) and Michael Patrick (Are We Not Cats).