A video work with an installation by the Dutch artist Melanie Bonajo (born 1978 in Heerlen (NL), lives in Amsterdam) is presented in the Kunsthalle’s cabinet. She studied free art at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Melanie Bonajo has exhibited in solo exhibitions at the Frankfurter Kunstverein and the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht and has participated in group exhibitions at the Tate Modern in London, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Biennale in Moscow.
Melanie Bonajo works in the media of film, installation and performance. She often presents her cinematic works in expansive installations, which she coordinates formally and in terms of content.
The film “Progress vs. Sunsets. Re-formulating the Nature Documentary” shows how our relationship to nature has changed through the popularization of amateur nature photography and film on the Internet. This is shown through the eyes and voices of children, the next generation, who seem to easily recognize and address the complicated problems associated with animal rights, biopolitics, dwindling resources, ecology, anthropomorphism, in which nature is seen as the ultimate other, as a useful object outside ourselves, and the effects of this ethic on human desires, emotions, emotions, emotionality and sentimentality towards the “others”.
Opening on Friday, 09 March 2019 at 19 hrs.
Kindly supported by the Ministry of Science and Culture of Lower Saxony, the district of Emsland, the city of Lingen (Ems), and the Kulturstiftung Heinrich Kampmann