535 W. 22nd Street, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10011



535 W. 22nd Street, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10011
535 W. 22nd Street, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10011 Tel: 212-647-1044 email:
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Born in 1978 in Heerlen, the Netherlands
School of Visual Arts, New York City
Gerrit Rietveld Academy
Universiteit van Amsterdam, Amsterdam, NL, 2006-2007 (Mysticism and Western
2013 One Question, Three Rooms, 44 Possible Answers, P·P·O·W, New York, NY
2011 ******* 86 details of paradise, outLINE, Amsterdam
out of mud, dust or other indeterminate substances, Stichting Outline, Amsterdam
2009 Calvin Me, Dordrecht, Holland
Captive Lives Western Spectacle, Capricious, Brooklyn, NY
As thrown Down From Heaven, P·P·O·W, New York, NY
2008 Modern Life of the Soul, Fette Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Rotwandt Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland
The Power of Negative Thinking, Mediamatic, www.mediamatic.net
Ritualistic Wellness Spa, Mediametic, 5 day sleep inn performance.
2007 The Culture That Doesn't Excist, Playstation, Fons Welters, Amsterdam
Are all cliches true?, Womens Festival, Lublijanja, Slovenia
The Colour of the North, Explosions of Colours 01, Stadsdeel kantoor Amsterdam
2006 Double Solo Show, Amsterdam's Centrum voor Fotografie
2005 Not Guilty! Nature never goes wrong, Kennedyvanderlaan, Amsterdam
2002 Readymades not Ready, Artspace, Amsterdam
Alone but All one, Gallerie Mens G.R.A., Amsterdam
Anne and Me, Winston Kingdom, Amsterdam
2001 Everything versus Nothing, Compressieruimte, Amsterdam
2013 Persistence is All, Persistente, Neukolln, Berlin, Germany
Female Power, Museum of Modern Art, Arnhem
BACKFLIP: Feminism and Humour in Contemporary Art, University of Melbourne, Australia
Quickscan, St. Petersburg
Erogonous zone, ffffff, Berlin
2012 20111111111, LEAP, Berlin
Who told you so, Onomatopee, Eindhoven
The Future that was (and is) smart project space, Amsterdam
Bethanien Open Studio, Berlin
The Island Show, Fat Form, Amsterdam
Now I lay me Down to Eat, Kunstvereniging Diepenheim
PRESENT FOREVER 55, Fat Form, Amsterdam Netherlands
Topsy Turvy, de Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam Netherlands
SEVEN, P·P·O·W Miami, FL
2011 Object – Orientation: Bodies and/as Things, Cerritos College Art Gallery, Norwalk, CA
Prague Biennale Photo 2, Prague Biennale, Prague
Whats Next, Skor, Tot Zover, Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam
Open studio, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien
Still/ Life FOAM, Amsterdam
The Second Act, de Brakke Grond, Amsterdam
Romantic Construct, Prague Biennial, Prague
Paradise Lost Paradise, Kortrijk
Diversion, Moving-Image Artfair, NYC
Chain Letter, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angelos
The show must go on, Capricious Space, New York, NY
Material Conversion, Grimmuesum, Berlin, Germany
Still/Life:Dutch Contemporary Photography, Foam: Fotograffie Museum, Amsterdam
Piece of Mind, Elga Wimmer PCC, New York NY
The Woods That See and Hear, Dertien Hectare, Loosbroek, The Netherlands
Het Onweerstaanbare Verlangen, Nouvelles Images, Den Haag
Let The Nouns Fool Around, Peter Fingesten Gallery, New York, NY
QUICKSCAN NL – New Photography from the Netherlands, Dutch Cultural Centre, Shanghai
New Photography from the Netherlands, Dutch Culture Centre, Shanghai
End Note, Tanya Leighton and Archive Kabinett, Berlin
Cinematic Bodies, Zolla Lieberman Gallery, Chicago
Private Confessions, The Cello Factory, London, England
Humananimal, Porthsmouth Museum of Art, Portsmouth, ME
Object-Orientation: Bodies and/as Things, Cerittos College Art Gallery, LA
Diversion, ArtLA Contemporary, Los Angelos, CA
Do We Need More Art? Zazazozo Gallery, Berlin
Soft & Hard: Celebrating the Humorous in Contemporary Video Art by Women, Youngprojectsgallery,
Los Angelas, CA
SEVEN, P·P·O·W Miami, FL
Rijksakademie Open studio's, Amsterdam
The Pseudonym show, Brooklyn, NY
Pulse Contemporary Art Fair, P·P·O·W, New York, NY
Too Much of Everything, Y3K, Melbourne
Rijksakademie Open studios, Amsterdam
Calvin Me, CBK Dordrecht
Thank You for Hurting Me, I really Needed it," Gemeentelijke aankopen, Stedelijk Museum
Bush Compulsion, A Primitive Breakthrough in the Mind, Hyeres festival Villa Noilles, Hyeres
Rebelle, Art and Feminism 1969-2009, Museum voor moderne kunst Arhnem, Arnhem
Tenderloveandcare, Galleri Box, Gothenborg
Performance Death and Self-representation on the Internet, Mediamatic.net
Kinder Zoo, Programm, Berlin
Ik Rip, Mediamatic, Amsterdam
Kinder Zoo, Mad Vick Tea Gallery, Paris
ARTChicago, P·P·O·W Gallery, Chicago, IL
Disguised, Rotwandt galerie, zurich
Raus, Gallery Bongout, Berlin
Folk Fusion, Sequence of performances, If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution
Polaroid, Bongout showroom, Belin
Exoten Beelden op de Berg, Arboretum 2008, Wageningen ( with k.k.)
Barcelona Art fair, Fette gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Facelift, Bipolart,Capla Kesting Fine Art, New York, NY
Nobody is Famous in New York, Capricious / Famous expo, New York, NY
Spacing Out, Cinders gallery,Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
Art Fair Brussls, Rotwand Gallery
Disguised, Rotwandt Galerie, Zurich
(Untitled) u = ____ [a photographic group show], Fette Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Polaroid, Bongout Showroom, Berlin, Germany
Exoten, Arboretum 2008 Exhibition, Wageningen
Joie de Construction, PeepinTom Gallery, Korean Institute for the Arts, Paris, France
Are All Cliches True? Krullermuller, De Hoge Veluwe
Capricious, Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Hollands Licht, Noorderlicht Fotofestival, Naarden, The Netherlands
Thank you For Hurting Me I Really Needed It, Famous, Paris, France
Moments of Honesty, Staubkohler, Zurich, Germany
Speed, Staubkohler, Zurich, Germany
Gonzoo, De Fabriek, Zaandam, NL
Budget 10.000 euro, W139, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Portaal naar de hemel, Frans Hals museum, Haarlem, The Netherlands
Everyday is not like everyday, Foam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Anonymous Auction, Foam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Happiness, Berlin Bienalle, Berlin
Peeping Tom, Peeping Tom Gallery, Paris, France
Reiz und Risico, Haus fur Kunst Uri, Altdorf, Switzerland
I know you, but you don’t know me, Fette Gallery, Los Angeles
Photo-festival Aleppo, Aleppo, Syria
12 photographers, A l’espace Bellevaux, Laussanne, Switzerland
Moments of Honesty, Staubkohler, Zurich
Speed, Staubkohler, Zurich
Gonzoo, De Fabriek, Zaandam, The Netherlands
Portaal naar de hemel, Frans Hals museum, Haarlem
Everyday Is Not Like Everyday, Foam, Amsterdam
Anonymous Auction, Foam, Amsterdam
Art Basel, Basel
Soiree-Shot, Zurich, Germany
Foto-Messe 05, Zurich, Germany
Kum Ho Museum Modern Art, Seoul, Korea
Municipal museum of Modern Art, Daejon, Korea
View of Masters, Kennedy van de Laan, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Open, Wittelplaats, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Cadres Revisités, Institut Neerlandais, Paris, France
Art Forum Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Lost and Found, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Dead- Darlin’s, Wittenplaats, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Slideshow 2000-2004, in collaboration with Anne de Vries, Dutch Fashion Biennale, Arnhem, The
5inbalans, FOAM, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Vice, Vice galery, London
Histoire(s) Parallèle(s), Confrontation, France
Pays-Bas, FOAM, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Art-Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Kunst-Rai, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
A4, Public Space with a roof, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Kunstvlaai, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Happy Chaos, Felix Meritus, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
I love my parents, Museum of Modern Art Arnhem, Arnhem, The Netherlands
Massproduction versus Unique, Top-Shop, Berlin, Germany
Vice, Vice gallery, New York, NY, www.vice.com
9 lekkere wijven in een glazen huis, Glasshouse, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Histoire(s) Parallèle(s), Confrontation, France
Openings Exhibition, W139, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Identified, Vanzoetendaal collections, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Stel dat, Kaaphelder, Den Helder
Art-Space, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Encourigin Prize Fine Arts, Aemstelle, Amstelveen, The Netherlands
Sildeshow 01, Final Examshow, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
F.O.A.M.Vondelpark, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Stel dat, Kaaphelder, Den Helder
Shell Research and technology Centre, Amsterdam Gallery Select, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
F.O.A.M. Vondelpark, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Presence, Photofestival Naarden, Naarden, The Netherlands
Summercountdown, Fanclub, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Crossroads, Design Insitute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Complete, S.V.A., Gallery , New York, NY
Drawings and Ties ,2B, Zaandam, The Netherlands
‘t ganse huis klop polsslag, Daar, Antwerp, Belgium
Women with hair, Pavlioen, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Awards / Nominations
2013 Longlisted for Prix de Rome
2013 Nominated for MKaward
2011 Nominated for C.o.C.a.
2009 Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Peter Paul Peterich Fonds
2009 Festival Internationale de la Mode et Photographie, Hyères, FR, nomination
2007 Veenman Publishers/HUP Gallery, 'PUP Award 2007', for 'Modern Life of the Soul'
2006 Berlinale Talent-campus, Germany
2003 Encouraging Young Artist Award, Aemstelle, The Netherlands
2002 Nominated for the Shell Young Artist Award, The Netherlands
2013 Conversations in Music and Touch_2, nasa, Amsterdam
2013 Fun and Feminism, ffffffff, Berlin
2013 INUA, Le Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris
2014 INUA, Club Derive, Paradiso, Amsterdam
2013 ZaZaZoZo, Club Transmediale forspiele, Berlin
2012 ZaZaZoZo in Miami Seven
2012 GENITAL INTERNATIONAL, press conference, De Appel Arts Center, Amsterdam
2010 Paradiso, Amsterdam ( with Joseph Marzolla )
2010 Mediamatic, Amsterdam ( with Joseph Marzolla )
2009 Demons, Devils, Monsters and Other Intermediate Beings, Stedelijk Museum BA, Amsterdam ( with
Joseph Marzolla )
2009 American Cosmos, Ppow Gallery, NYC ( with Joseph Marzolla )
2009 Activation and Liberation of Energies, Mediamatic, Amsterdam ( with Matthew Lutz-Kinoy )
2008 Removing Influence of Places and Objects, Worm, Rotterdam (with Kinga Kielczynska )
2008 Heilig Vuur, Removing Influences of Places and Objects, Stedelijk Museum ( with Kinga Kielczynska )
Reviews /Publications
2014 Volkerschau Book, Capricious publishing
Indigenous Suburbian, Genital International
Our Future as Apes
2012 One Room, Nine Possible Answers, Three Rooms
Van Der Werf, Huib Haye. "The Future That Was." ARTFORUM Critics’ Picks (n.d.): n. pag. Dec.
“Works by Melanie Bonajo,” JUXTAPOZ, June 2012.
Restrepo, Patricia. "Blast from the Past." LEAP (n.d.): n. pag. 10 May 2012.
2011 Bonajo, Melanie, and Philippe Karrer. "Melanie Bonajo / In What Spheres Do We Live in." SPHERES
(n.d.): n. pag. 2011.
Zidianakis, Vassilis, and ATOPOS Cvc. "NOT A TOY." PictoPlasma Puslishing (Berlin): n. pag.
2010 Indrisk, Scott. "Melanie Bonajo." Whitewall 16 (n.d.): 56-57. Winter 2010.
Durant, Mark Alice. "Photography & Performance." Aperture 199 (n.d.): 31. Summer 2010.
Famous Magazine 10 (n.d.): 17-20. Reproductions.
Allen, Jennifer. "Alter Modern." Frieze 135 (n.d.): n. pag. Nov.-Dec. 2010.
"Goings on about Town: Melanie Bonajo." The New Yorker (n.d.): n. pag. May 2009.
"Melanie Bonajo: As Thrown Down From Heaven." Re-Title.com (n.d.): n. pag. May 2009.
Bonajo, Melanie, and Emmeline De Mooij. "Bush Compulsion – A Primitive Breakthrough in the
Modern Mind." Museum Paper (n.d.): n. pag. 2009.
Volkerschau zine, Capricious publishing.
Bush Compulsion, A Primitive Breakthrough in the Mind, Museumpaper )
Bonajo, Melanie. "Furniture Bondage." Kodoji Press (Belgium): n. pag. 2009.
Mizota, Sharon. "Melanie Bonajo and Kinga Keilcynzska." ArtForum (n.d.): n. pag.
Bonajo, Melanie. I Have A Room With Everything. Brooklyn, NY: Capricious, 2008.
Indrisk, Scott. "Melanie Bonajo: New Artist." Whitewall (n.d.): n. pag. Jan. 2007.
Vorn Magizine, ArtForum, Famous 8, Livraison 1, Capricious 1, Kilimanjaro 6,
1, Nuke 2, Yang (yangtijdschrift.be), Janus, Vice, Kutt, Zoo, Bonn, SVA-magazine, Verenigd
Sandbergen, frame, Forecast Magazine, Free-Eye, Eye-magazine, Volkskrant, NRC Handelsblad.
Limburgsdagblad, Foam magazine, Delete, Items, NO-Friends, ping-magazine, Queensday book,
Presence, Amsterdam Weekly.

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