Progress Vs Sunsets, Re-formulating the Nature Documentary
Location: Het Huis Theatre Hall
Bonajo’s film investigates how our relationship to nature has changed through the popularization of amateur nature footage on the Internet. By interviewing children about our current state of the planet the film addresses issues around bio-politics but also the systematic discrimination of young people.
Progress vs Sunsets, Re-formulating the Nature Documentary, 2017, full HD one-channel colour video with sound, 48:20 minutes, courtesy of the artist & AKINCI
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Melanie Bonajo― Artist
In her work, Melanie Bonajo examines the paradoxes inherent to ideas of comfort with a strong sense for community, equality, and body-politics. Through her videos, performances, photographs and installations, she studies subjects related to how technological advances and commodity-based pleasures increase feelings of alienation, removing a sense of belonging in an individual. Captivated by concepts of the divine, Bonajo explores the spiritual emptiness of her generation, examines peoples’ shifting relationship with nature and tries to understand existential questions by reflecting on our domestic situation, ideas around classification, concepts of home, gender and attitudes towards value.