Melanie Bonajo, Madison Bycroft, Anne Duk Hee Jordan
03 Jul - 06 Sep 2020
Especially against the backdrop of the ongoing pandemic, it is necessary “to stay with the trouble”* and deal with kinship systems among various species. The exhibition Making Kin at the Kunsthaus Hamburg assembles three artists with a wide-ranging agenda for art and cultural policy and asks: How do we want to live in the future? How can the given diversity of existences and their modes of life establish and maintain connections with one another and what kind of symbiotic relations can emerge from this?
In a combination of various media such as video, installation, performance and painting, Melanie Bonajo, Madison Bycroft and Anne Duk Hee Jordan devote themselves to the ecological challenges of our time and examine the connections between ecosystems and human influence. They explore concepts of community that, rather than adopting an anthropocentric view, underscore equality within species diversity.
„Making Kin”, the phrase that gave the show its title, is a maxim coined by the philosopher of science and pioneer cyborg feminist Donna Haraway who calls for an interspecies symbiosis. Her texts are teeming with all kinds of different creatures. To ensure a liveable future for the following generations, we, as mortal “critters”,** need to link up ourselves with multiple configurations of places, times, matters and meanings so that new life can be “composted” from the planet-destroying Homo sapiens.
The artists scrutinize established terms like nature, culture and technology, including their definitional boundaries. They are interested in the hybrid network between humans and their environment. In a humorous and playful manner, they draw up experimental and future-oriented scenarios that challenge our customary lifestyles and likewise make new models of community both imaginable and apprehensible. New works were created for the exhibition that inspire us to reflect upon an overall ecological principle of connectivity.
* Haraway, Donna: Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene, 2016.
** An American term for “all kinds of creatures”, used by Haraway for microbes, plants, animals, humans, non-humans and machines.
Curated by Anna Nowak
Melanie Bonajo (b. 1978, Heerlen, NL) lives and works in Amsterdam and New York. She 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 will represent The Netherlands at the 59th Venice Biennale, 2021.
Recent and past exhibitions include Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam (2019/20); Pori Museum (2019); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2019); Guangzhou Triennial (2018/19); Kunsthalle Lingen (2019); Design Museum Ghent (2019); Museum de Fundatie, Zwolle (2018/19); Museum Marta Herford (2018); Haus der Kunst, Munich (2018), Manifesta 12, Palermo (2018), Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (2018).
Madison Bycroft (b. 1987, Adelaide/Kaurna Yarta, Australia) is an artist currently based between Marseille and Adelaide. Bycroft is a graduate from the MFA program at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, NL (2016), and is co-founder of facilitative platform, ‘GHOST’.
Recent and past exhibitions include: „Feedback Loops”, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2020); “Futur, Ancien, Fugitif”, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2020); “Okto-lab”, University of Tasmania, Hobart (2020); Future Generation Art Prize, Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev – exhibition for the 58th Venice Biennale (2019); “À Cris Ouverts”, Rennes Biennale, Les Atelier de Rennes (2018) “Almende”, Second Triennale of Beetsterzwag, Netherlands (2018).
Anne Duk Hee Jordan (b. 1978 in Korea) lives and works in Berlin. She studied at the Weißensee Academy of Art, Berlin and continued with a Master in Fine Arts at the Institut für Raumexperimente, Berlin under Olafur Eliasson. Recently, Anne Duk Hee Jordan was nominated for the Kunstpreis der Böttcherstraße in Bremen 2020.
Upcoming and past solo exhibitions, group shows and performances include “A Handful of Dust” with Viron Erol Vert, Ehrenhalle Neukölln, Berlin (2020); “Into the Wild”, festival “Unter Beobachtung. Kunst des Rückzugs”, in collaboration with Dr. Hauschka / Wala, KulturRegion Stuttgart (2020); “Forces Times Distance – On Labour and its Sonic Ecologies”, Sonsbeek (2020); “Ziggy goes Wild”, Kunstverein Arnsberg (2019); “Staying with the Trouble” from Donna Haraway, Zitadelle Spandau (2019); “Ziggy on the Land of Drunken Trees”, Galerie Wedding, Berlin (2018); Beaufort Triennial, Ostend (2018); Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (2018).