Once you face the Chiesetta della Misericordia, which borders one of many many Venetian canals, there isn't any indication of what awaits you inside: the chilly gray stone is followed by a colourful patchwork carpet-seat, inviting visitors to lounge on it whereas the movie, “When the physique says Sure,” by Dutch artist Melanie Bonajo, is shown. This immersive video set up, which is introduced as part of the Venice Biennale, is a restitution of their ongoing research on the position of touch in the creation of intimacy in societies the place solitude is growing and relationships are built at a distance.
This piece is a continuation of the work of the artist, physique sexologist, and educator, who, since 2014, has been creating documentaries that they current within welcoming scenographies, typically designed in collaboration with Théo Demans. In every of them, they provide voice to weak or marginalized groups, highlighting their expertise of the world, their our bodies, and relationships within the mild of the ambivalence of technological advances. Melanie Bonajo’s work isn't about returning to a better “earlier than,” but fairly concerning the rising sense of alienation while the sense of belonging is consistently being eroded. Their works are, quite the opposite, as many nuanced reflections and models that we will select to breed, or not, to reinvest ourselves collectively and do ourselves good.