Night Soil - Economy of Love is the title of Melanie Bonajo's second feat within her trilogie Night Soil. After having focused on nature topics and human's inability to live in balance with it in her previous feat Faked Paradise (2014), her latest film is dedicated to womanhood and sensuality. It is a portrait of sex workers in Brooklyn who rediscover their female desires and find a new natural approach to sexual pleasure.
In a society in which orgasms between men and women are still suspiciously unevenly shared, an upcoming feminist movement of activist sex workers are encouraging women to stand up for their sexual pleasures. The individual apparently sacrifices intimacy under the weight of our ultra-capitalist and hectic world. We have become estranged from (our) nature and forget to listen to our own bodies, whose needs are all too often silenced by a quick grab for the medicine cabinet and short-lived swipes at supermarket sex.
In The Economy of Love, the Dutch artist Melanie Bojano leads us to a feminist, colourful, stylized, yet playful universe in which we can float as we like. Fascinated by the supernatural, she investigates the spiritual and healing powers of female orgasm. Melanie Bonajo is not interested in teaching us anything, but wants to let women and their bodies speak for themselves.
Melanie Bonajo's films have appeared at numerous festivals, including the International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA) and the Berlinale. In addition to film and video work, her installations, performances and photographs are in the collections of renowned museums, including FOAM and the EYE Film Institute in Amsterdam.
► To welcome Melanie Banajo's feat Night Soil/Economy of Love on our silver screens, we all come together to meet for a collective screening session on Wednesday evening, accompanied by the clicking sounds of delicious finger food.
black box, 16 November 20:00
free with reservation
US/NL, 2016, 32 min