Melanie Bonajo studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and completed residencies at the Rijksakademie voor Beeldende Kunst in Amsterdam (2009-10) and at ISCP in New York (2014).
Melanie Bonajo’s work has been shown in international exhibitions throughout Europe; recently in a.o. Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2019, Performance at Do Disturb Festival), Guangzhou Triennial (2018-2019, Progress vs Sunsets), CN, a solo exhibition (2019, Progress vs. Sunsets) in Kunsthalle Lingen, ‘Creatures Made to Measure. Animals and Contemporary Design’ in Design Museum, Ghent (2019), BE and Museum Marta Herford, DE (2018), ‘Vrijheid – vijftig Nederlandse kernkunstwerken sinds 1968’ – curated by Hans den Hartog Jager in Museum de Fundatie, Zwolle, NL (2019), ‘Blind Faith’, curated by Julienne Lorz in Haus der Kunst, München 2018), the Night Soil Trilogy was on view in Manifesta 12, Palermo (2018), Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art, curated by Katerina Gregos (2018, Progress vs Regress), Kunstsaele Berlin, curated by Ellen Blumenstein (2018) and ‘Anima Mundi’ in Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, curated by Hans van der Ham (2018, film Matrix Botanica). Her film Night Soil – Economy of Love will be shown in the show ‘Be Fragile! Be Brave!’, curated by Rebeka Põlsdam, Pori Museum, FI (2019).
Melanie Bonajo was nominated for the Amsterdamprijs voor de Kunst 2018 and the prestigious Nam June Paik Award 2018. Her work has recently been acquired by Frac, Ile-de-France.