On 15, 16 and 17 June, the Bonnefantenmuseum is at the Pinkpop festival for the fifth time. In collaboration with the BankGiro Lottery, the Bonnefantenmuseum is presenting the contemporary artist Melanie Bonajo, in the Kalm Aan Laan pavilion.
With her distinctive film installation Economy of Love, Bonajo transforms the pop-up museum into a fantastic world, where visitors are confronted with an engagement and a sense of urgency in relation to a particular aspect of our everyday reality.
Melanie Bonajo (Heerlen, 1978) occupies a unique position in the world of contemporary visual art. She has developed into a controversial artist who works in various disciplines, including photography, video, installations, performance and music. Ever since the beginning of her career, it has been impossible to pigeonhole Bonajo’s art, which is striking for her anarchistic streak and energetic capacity for continually escaping social conventions.
Economy of Love is the second part of Bonajo’s Night Soil trilogy, acquired by the Bonnefantenmuseum in 2017. It is an experimental documentary, in which the artist explores the theme of sex and sex work. Different stories are told from the perspectives of individuals who – independently or as a member of a group – aim to make something powerful and divine out of sex work.
All the narrators are women, whose stories invite us to go on a journey of doubt and faith, success and failure, domination and submission. Bonajo thus presents a sensitive and politically charged documentation of activist sex workers who are trapped in a modern world filled with misconceptions about intimacy and sex.
Bonajo’s solo exhibition The Death of Melanie Bonajo can still be visited in the Bonnefantenmuseum until 28 October.