Melanie Bonajo was born in Heerlen, Netherlands in 1978. In her work, Bonajo examines the paradoxes inherent to ideas of comfort with a strong sense for community, equality, and body-politics. Bonajo’s work has been exhibited and performed in international art institutions, such as EYE Film Museum, Amsterdam; Rogaland Kunstsenter, Stavanger, Norway; De Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam; Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Moscow Biennale; National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, and PPOW Gallery, New York. Her films have been screened at Tate Modern, London; Kunsthalle Basel (2016), and numerous festivals such as International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) and the Berlinale. Bonajo studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and completed a residency at the at ISCP in New York (2014). This year, she was shortlisted for the 57th Venice Biennale.