On Melanie Bonajo and "Night Soil"

Settled in Palermo, after a day immersed in the different spaces in which the itinerant European art biennale Manifesta 12 is taking place this summer, ready to share a few ideas:

Next Level: Melanie Bonajo - "Night Soil"

Melanie Bonajo (born 13 November 1978, Heerlen, Netherlands) is a Dutch artist working with film, performance, installations, music, event organizing, and photography. Her works address themes of eroding intimacy and isolation in an increasingly sterile, technological world.

Her experimental documentaries often explore communities living or working on the margins of society, either through illegal means or cultural exclusion. Her work has been exhibited and screened internationally, from the Tate Modern, MoMA PS1, to De Appel Arts Centre and Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam to the Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, the Kunsthalle Basel, International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA), the Berlinale, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and Treefort Film Fest.


Her film series Night Soil is a trio of experimental documentaries about modern approaches to nature and the cultural implications of acting against capitalism.

The first in the series, Night Soil - Fake Paradise, is about psychedelic plant medication and human-plant conversations.

Night Soil / Fake Paradise Trailer

The sequel, Night Soil - Economy of Love presents an alternative ethical model for sex-work healing and activism.

The third film, "Night Soil - Nocturnal Gardening" questions the role of radical agriculture in a world of dwindling natural resources and disconnection to nature.

Her other recent film, which premiered at Hacking Habitat, Progress vs. Regress is the first in a trilogy that questions how technology has evolved through the eyes of elderly people in the Netherlands.

This film was also selected for IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam) 2016.


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