melanie bonajo, TouchMETell, 2019, video still / Scenography and installation in collaboration with Théo Demans / Courtesy of the artist and AKINCI
melanie bonajo: When the body says Yes+
Nov 10, 2023 – Apr 28, 2024
Kumu Art Museum
Tallinn, Estonia

When the body says Yes+ is a solo exhibition of the Dutch artist melanie bonajo (they/them/theirs). The artist is searching for an answer to the question of whether there is still a place for intimacy in our increasingly commercialised and technological world. The central theme of the exhibition is touch, literally, but also touch as our relationship to each other and the world around us. For bonajo, touch can be a powerful remedy for the modern epidemic of loneliness.

melanie bonajo’s work When the body says Yes represented the Netherlands at the Venice Biennale in 2022 and is now touring European museums. In addition to the immersive and sensitive biennale project, the exhibition includes three previous videos to introduce melanie bonajo’s practise more widely. In collaboration with the artist, Théo Demans has created a sensory and playful spatial scenography, through which the worlds created in the videos are transferred to the exhibition space.

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