Netherlands (The) 2022, 23 Apr 2022 — 27 Nov 2022
National Participations

Netherlands (The) 2022

melanie bonajo: When The Body Say Yes

Campo de l'Abazia, 3550, Venice

Title: When The Body Say Yes
Commissioner: Mondriaan Fund
Curator: Orlando Maaike Gouwenberg, Geir Haraldseth, Soraya Pol
Exhibitor: melanie bonajo

The exhibition is curated by Orlando Maaike Gouwenberg, Geir Haraldseth and Soraya Pol, and the installation is designed by scenographer Théo Demans. For the upcoming edition, the Mondriaan Fund has decided to break with tradition and present the Dutch entry at a new location, the Chiesetta della Misericordia of Art Events, a deconsecrated 13th-century church in Cannaregio. The Mondriaan Fund has meanwhile invited Estonia to make use of the Rietveld Pavilion for the 2022 Venice Biennale.

When the body says Yes is a new immersive video installation by melanie bonajo, Dutch artist, filmmaker, sexological bodyworker, and somatic sex coach and educator. The installation is part of the artist’s ongoing research into the current status of intimacy in our increasingly alienating, commodity-driven world. For the artist, touch can be a powerful remedy for the modern epidemic of loneliness.

The installation will draw visitors into a sense-altering environment and help them to reflect on the meaning of touch and intimacy in relation to their own bodies. The scenography will create an atmosphere of softness and sensuality; a cushioned refuge from the outside world where visitors can discover their own ‘touch language’.

Contacts & Details

Chiesetta della Misericordia



Campo de l'Abazia, 3550, Venice
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