Nachtelijke Dwaling #6
Melanie Bonajo
28 February 2015, begins promptly at 8 pm – until 10 pm.
10 pm – until midnight music by Red Light Radio and drinks at de Koffieschenkerij.
Oude Kerk, Oudekerksplein,
AmsterdamOnline tickets: 5 euro

Doors open at 7:30 pm. Dress warmly, the church can be cold!Nachtelijke Dwalingen consist of bimonthly, performative events that take place in and around the Oude Kerk. These ‘dwalingen’ are organized by different artists and each have their own focus, in which the hidden, forgotten and obscure aspects of the Oude Kerk as well as her environment the Red Light District, is examined. Invited by the Oude Kerk and curated by Julia Geerlings with the collaboration of Rieke Vos, each artist has been asked to create a new work concentrated in a nocturnal walking route, examining the rapidly developing area of the Oude Kerk.

Nachtelijke Dwaling #6 by Melanie Bonajo will focus on sexual activism and the role of nature in sexual liberation. In the Red Light District, sexuality has become a confused experience for both women and men, where desires have become a commodification. In her latest video Bonajo focuses on a new feminist movement of sex workers, who see sex as a way to reclaim power inside a male dominated pleasure zone. They believe that pleasing one’s body is as holy as pleasing one’s soul, referring to Sumerian traditions of sacred prostitution. The dwaling will consist of a screening of the video and a number of group intimacy exercises. Dutch cultural theorist Mieke Bal will give a lecture about sexual attraction and solidarity between women in the bible. City botanist and scientist Claud Biemans will lead us through the Red Light District and explain the relationships between body and plant through aphrodisiac, edible and medicinal plants in nature.

Melanie Bonajo (NL, 1978) received her education at the Rietveld Academy (1998–2002) and studied religious science Mysticism and Western Esotericism at the UVA in 2006–2007. She took part in a number of residency programs including the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten (2009–2010) and ISCP in New York (2014–2015). She made several publications and released albums with her music project ZaZaZoZo. In 2012 she initiated the collective Genital International, which focuses on subjects around participation, equality, our environment and politics beyond polarity. Her work has been exhibited and performed in international art institutions, such as De Appel Arts Center in Amsterdam, Institute Néerlandais in Paris, Modern Art Museum Ljubljana, Kohun National Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, PPOW Gallery New York, SMBA in Amsterdam, Programm in Berlin, Museum of Modern Art in Arnhem and Foam in Amsterdam.