Melanie Bonajo, "Night Soil – Economy of Love",
Melanie Bonajo Night Soil
Melanie Bonajo, "Night Soil – Economy of Love", 2015, HD video (still), 36 min, Collection Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht, Courtesy the artist & AKINCI, Amsterdam
Melanie Bonajo, “Night Soil #1/Fake Paradise”, 2014, installationview FOAM Amsterdam, 2016, Photo: Christian van der Kooy, © FOAM Amsterdam/ Christian van der Kooy, Courtesy Collection Bonnefantemuseum Maastricht

Melanie Bonajo: Single Mother Songs from the End of Nature

Frankfurter Kunstverein presents the first great institutional solo exhibition of Dutch artist Melanie Bonajo (b. 1978) in Germany.

Melanie Bonajo’s artistic practice is shaped by her critical stance towards the state of our world. Her works are created in the light of an explicitly critical attitude towards capitalism and an ambivalent view of the modern euphoria about progress. In her works the artist seeks to find alternative worldviews and ways of peaceful resistance within a world shaken by crises. With an political and activist approach, Bonajo focus-es on urgent and persistent social issues of our time, like the dualism of human and nature, rapidly fading resources and the ramifications of climate change. Her videos, performances, photographs and installations constitute the result of longstanding processes. By means of close observation, collecting and categorising, she investi-gates the existential questions of humanity. Her reflection leads to powerful aesthetic works, which enable the viewer to explore and experience the issues of our times in sensual sceneries.

The exhibition at Frankfurter Kunstverein presents three of the artist’s distinct work groups, centering around the experimental, semi-fictional documentary trilogy Night Soil (2014-2016). For the presentation of her works, Bonajo allows the filmic space to protrude into the reality of the exhibition space and creates colourful, spatial installations. The artist constructs psychedelic worlds, which invite the visitors to immerse into a contemplative space of experience.

The exhibition is curated by Franziska Nori, director of Frankfurter Kunstverein.