The Death of Melanie Bonajo
How to unmodernize yourself and become an elf in 12 steps
20.04.2018 – 28.10.2018
The Death of Melanie Bonajo is the first museum retrospective of video installations by the Dutch artist Melanie Bonajo (Heerlen, 1978). The exhibition which is developed by guest curator Geir Haraldseth, the artist and her close collaborator Théo Demans, gives the visitor an opportunity to reflect not just on eir work, but also on what the work means in our modern, capitalist society. The apocalyptic title of the show may sound dramatic, but in the light of this opportunity of looking back, you need to die in order to be reborn. And in being reborn, you can rethink and recast yourself. Who do you want to be?
A bird? A rock? A feeling? A sound? An elf? Your elf? Yourself?
The Death of Melanie Bonajo is immersive in many ways, as the installations and the path through the exhibition is rich in sensual experiences. Take your time, and fight the modern urge to progress and be efficient. Be elf-efficient.
The documentary Progress vs. Regress (2016), I was one of the producers on, directed by Melanie is part of this exhibition.
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