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When the body says Yes

Commissioner: Mondriaan Fund
Curators: Orlando Maaike Gouwenberg, Geir Haraldseth, Soraya Pol
Exhibitor: Melanie Bonajo


When the body says Yes is a new immersive video installation by Melanie Bonajo (they/them). The installation is part of the artist’s ongoing research into the status of intimacy in our increasingly alienating, commodity-driven world. For Bonajo, consensual touch can be a powerful remedy for the modern epidemic of loneliness. About the project, Bonajo says, “We brought together a group of international gender queer people, where many have a bicultural identity and we expanded on sexuality beyond the Western discourse, what our genitals mean to us and others, self-expression as a healing modality, the way our body matrix sends and receives information about closeness and touch, and how that is embodied in different language structures. Do you know the sensational dimensions of your No? How do you feel when your body says Yes?”

Venezia, Cannaregio Misericordia
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