Night Soil, Foam Museum, Amsterdam, Nl
Amsterdam 16.09.16 - 07.12.16
Night Soil is a series of experimental semi-documentary films by dutch artist Melanie Bonajo about cultural phenomena that contradict the linear progression of the capitalist system. Each Night Soil film explores trends that move outside the sociological and political norms of consumer society, most of them illegal. Bonajo presents her first major solo museum exhibition in Foam, for which all three video works will be united. French artists Theo Demans and Clemence Seilles collaborated to bring a complete scenographic piece for each movies, answering directly to their content as a sensitive continuation of the screen.
Night Soil #1/ Fake Paradise looks at the healing effect of the hallucinatory herbal drug Ayahuasca – used in the Amazon rainforest for a thousand years – on the mind and spirit of modern humans. Night Soil #2/ Economy of Love portrays a group of female sex workers in Brooklyn and attempts to change our ideas about intimacy. Night Soil #3 / Nocturnal Gardening, which examines radical and innovative ways to produce food, has its premiere at Foam.
Photography credits: K Tryhorn