Bonaventure uses music as an identity research tool
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Bonaventure uses music as an identity research tool, along with practical and speculative initiatives, to connect with her African and European roots and investigate human relationships. Her compositions are expressive and intuitive; her palette takes form within complex and often contradictory influences — charged elements that achieve a distinct balance while continually testing boundaries. She is being admitted into the ranks of the more progressive international club nights such as Janus x NON Xchange at Berghain Säule; CREEPY TEEPEE FESTIVAL in Prague; the 404RCE night in Club ALL, Shanghai; Moogfest held in Durham, NC; and H0l0 PTP night in NYC — where she’s shared the bill with artists like Princess Nokia, LSDXOXO, Dinamarca, M.E.S.H., FAKA, and Yves Tumor.
Her debut single “Complexion” was released on NON Worldwide in 2016 and features a remix by label co-founder Chino Amobi. That same year, Bonaventure teamed up with artist and writer Hannah Black and textile designer Ebba Fransén Waldhör to create the ever-growing piece “Anxietina” (originally commissioned by DIS Magazine and Berlin Community Radio), which has quickly earned the recognition of major art institutions such as the ICA’s Chisenhale Gallery in London, MoMA PS1 in NYC, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. In May 2017, Bonaventure released her debut EP FREE LUTANGU — a project exploring themes of institutional racism and oppression — on the New York label PTP, and toured Europe, China, and the United States to defend the work during live performances.
With a background in graphic design, Bonaventure has shifted her attention to using both club and institutional spaces as a primary place for artistic research and experimentation. Yet her formal design training can be seen in both her DJ sets and her productions, which assemble potent and uncompromising elements in close proximity to create a new sonic language.