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Assistant Professor
Office Room 352 / yms@hawaii.edu
RESEARCH AREAS - Photography, Film, Media


Yola Monakhov Stockton is an artist working in photography, film, and media on themes of ecology, land relations, and community practice. Her work engages collaboration with science laboratories, community groups, and other systems. She is particularly interested in forms of resilience and adaptation across webs of life within social and political contexts.

Her work is in the permanent collections of the George Eastman Museum, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Smith College Museum of Art, JP Morgan Chase, and Fidelity Investments. She is the author of The Nature of Imitation (Schilt, 2015), a photographic monograph created in collaboration with scientists and ecologists who study bird behavior and migration. Her work has been included in exhibitions at Alice Austen Museum, George Eastman Museum, Last Projects LA (upcoming), Light Field Festival, Sasha Wolf Gallery, Garden Gallery LA, and Rick Wester Fine Art, and Tianshui Photography Festival, and is represented by Schilt. She has curated art and photography exhibitions at Buffalo State University, Columbia University, and the International Center of Photography.

She has also worked in photographic reportage, covering the Middle East, Central Asia, former Soviet Union, and cultural life in New York City, her work appearing in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Guardian, Harper’s, Marie Claire, Newsweek, Der Stern, Vostok, and other publications. Prior to coming to UH, she was Harnish Visiting Artist at Smith College and directed the Photography and Documentary Studies program at SUNY Buffalo State.

MFA – Columbia University
MA - Columbia University
BA – University of Wisconsin – Madison

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