Melanie Bonajo ‘In what spheres do we live?’


Melanie Bonajo ‘In what spheres do we live?’
Spheres Projects

September 2012
First edition
Softcover, incudes 2 posters
220 x 320 mm
CMYK + 1 Spot-color, 84 pages
1000 copies
EAN 7629999015104

With contributions by Annelies Blijveld, Jaimey Hamilton and Joël Vacheron.

Philippe Karrer has invited Dutch artist Melanie Bonajo to present herself and her work. Those who know Bonajo will have no problem understanding the choice of using an unconventional format to present this artist. Those who are not yet familiar with the young artist will get a feel for her persona and an insight to her work methods, subjects and thoughts. Bonajo explores the relationship of the individual to its surroundings in a commodified, globalised culture. In her work, she uncovers how our ideas of identity, genre, value and such structures formed by conventions are ever shiing to feelings of uncertainty and instability. She approaches these issues by trying to newly create, to turn around overpowering views and conditions that are today so influenced by our consumer society and tries to get nearer to traits that are rooted in human nature. An image archive to show Bonajos inspirations, a visual interview as a dialogue between editor and artist and text contributions by Annelies Blijveld, Jaimey Hamilton and Joël Vacheron make up this first issue of Spheres. Different from the traditional text/plate format of most publications we get a peek behind the scenes and view an artists practice in a new and creative framework.

Melanie Bonajo (born 13 November 1978, Heerlen) is a Dutch artist working with film, performance, installations, music, event organizing, and photography. Her works address themes of eroding intimacy and isolation in an increasingly sterile, technological world. Her experimental documentaries often explore communities living or working on the margins of society, either through illegal means or cultural exclusion. Her work has been exhibited and screened internationally, from the Tate Modern, MoMA PS1, to De Appel Arts Centre and Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam to the Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, the Kunsthalle Basel, International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA), the Berlinale, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and Treefort Film Fest. Source: Wikipedia