Melanie Bonajo

Night Soil – Nocturnal Gardening & Manimal

Part of the Festival “The Mole Keeps on Digging. Animals / Politics / Performance”


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Visual artist Melanie Bonajo’s work is shaped by her critical stance towards capitalism and her ambivalence regarding the blind celebration of progress. “Night Soil – Nocturnal Gardening” draws portraits of four women who have created communities in which they enter into intimate and sustainable relationships with their environments. They do not simply articulate a pessimist critique of civilization, but seek to establish new agreements between humans, animals, and nature. To achieve this goal, they take cues from social movements and structures of self-organization. It is for this reason that “Manimal” also bespeaks the desire for an intimate relationship with the environment.


  • Past
    Thu 28.9.2017, 18:00 / HAU2
    Fri 29.9.2017, 18:00 / HAU2
    Sat 30.9.2017, 18:00 / HAU2
    Thu 5.10.2017, 17:00 / HAU2
    Fri 6.10.2017, 17:00 / HAU2
    Sun 8.10.2017, 17:00 / HAU2


Supported by the Federal Agency for Civic Education. Courtesy of AKINCI & the artist.


Hallesches Ufer 34, 10963 Berlin

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