Frankfurter Kunstverein – Melanie Bonajo

From the 1 June until 27 August Frankfurter Kunstverein shows the first institutional solo exhibition of Dutch artists Melanie Bonajo in Germany: Single Mother Songs from the End of Nature. The Mondriaan Fund awarded a Grant for International Presentations.

The exhibition at Frankfurter Kunstverein presents several recent work groups. The experimental, semi-fictional documentary trilogy “Night Soil” consists of the three autonomous films “Fake Paradise” (2014), “Economy of Love” (2015) and “Nocturnal Gardening” (2016). In “Progress vs Regress” (2016) Melanie Bonajo examines the impact of modern inventions on social relations. She takes as a starting point the perspective of the elderly, who have witnessed some of the most extreme industrial, technological and digital revolutions. In collaboration with the artist a new work is produced for the show at Frankfurter Kunstverein, entitled “Progress vs Sunsets” (work in progress, 2017), the first spatial adaptation of her complex piece “Matrix Botanica – Non Human Persons”.

Bonajo is shortlisted for the Dutch Prix de Rome 2017, the most generous prize for Visual Arts in the Netherlands.

Curator of the exhibition in Frankfurter Kunstverein is Franziska Nori (director of the institution). In 2015/2016 Nori was invited to take part in the Visitors Program of the Mondriaan Fund, to gain further insight into contemporary visual arts from the Netherlands and to strengthen international ties and promote the exchange of ideas.


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